Score: Dean College 3, Eastern Nazarene 2 (25-16, 18-25, 24-26, 25-21, 15-13)
Records: Dean College (9-7, 4-2 NECC), Eastern Nazarene (8-9, 3-3, NECC)
Location: Lahue PE Center, Quincy, Mass.
Date: March 15, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM
In one of the most entertaining matches of the year thus far, Dean College rallied for a thrilling 3-2 win over Eastern Nazarene in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's volleyball action on Thursday evening.
The win for the Bulldogs is their program-best fifth straight victory and shoots them up to third in the league standings.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Dean jumped out early and grabbed the opening set with relative ease, 25-16 by hitting .400 in the frame and recording 12 kills.
The Lions responded by taking the second and third sets to move in front 2-1 as they got a combined 28 kills.
With their backs against the wall, Dean forced a fifth set by earning a 25-21 victory. Then in deciding fifth set, the Bulldogs were actually down 10-7 until they rallied, getting kills from Joel Carmona (Lawrence, Mass.), Bobby Tetreault (Mattapoisett, Mass.) and a huge block from Dean Bennett (Bloomfield, N.J.) and Diondre Gomes (Fairhaven, Mass.).
Now with the score tied, Dean surged ahead with on a Lions' attack error and pair of kills from Gomes that set the stage for Carmona's game-sealing kill.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Gomes continued his outstanding play with a match-best 20 kills to go along with 15 digs, while Carmona racked up 14 kills and 14 digs.
Tetreault, meanwhile, totaled five kills, 14 digs and 39 assists.
Dean will return to action on Saturday when they hit the road for a 1:00 PM first serve against Elms College in NECC action.