Score: Eastern Nazarene 3, Dean College 0 (25-19, 34-32, 25-20)
Records: Eastern Nazarene (13-11, 6-5 NECC), Dean College (14-9, 7-4 NECC)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Visiting Eastern Nazarene took a marathon second set to catapult themselves to a 3-0 win over Dean College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's volleyball action on Tuesday evening.
The win for the Lions snapped the Bulldogs' five match winning streak and spoils the Senior Night celebration where the College honored four seniors – Dean Bennett (Bloomfield, N.J.), Logan Muise (Irvington, N.Y.), Moussa Seck (Medford, Mass.) and Pepe Vieira (Brockton, Mass.) – in a pregame ceremony.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Lions came out the more aggressive team and it showed in the opening set and it paid off as they built and early 17-11 after a service ace from James Hoopes (Lenexa, Kan.). That lead eventually led to Eastern Nazarene taking the opening frame, 25-19.
With Diondre Gomes (Fairhaven, Mass.) getting a few early kills and Juan Fernando Ruelas-Garcia (Milford, Mass.) collecting a pair of service aces, Dean jumped out to a 15-10 advantage in the second set.
That lead was methodically chiseled down to 22-21 after a kill from Kenny Sorensen (Quincy, Mass.). Incredibly, the match was tied 11 more times until the Lions used a Dean ball handling error to take the lead and then seal the match on a monster Brandon Jenkins (Norton, Mass.) solo block, 34-32.
The third set was nip and tuck early on and was tied at 13-13 when Eastern Nazarene pushed ahead, registering seven of the next eight points to grab a 20-14 lead.
After a pair of Lion attack errors and a kill from Seck, Dean closed the gap to 24-20, but Sorensen ended the match with an emphatic kill, 25-20.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
The Bulldog duo of Carmona (13) and Gomes (17) combined for 30 kills, while Bobby Tetreault (Mattapoisett, Mass.) dished out 31 assists. Meanwhile, Pepe Vieira (Brockton, Mass.), the two-sport star, playing in his final home match, ended with a match-best 15 digs.
For the Lions, Sorensen had a standout performance, racking up 16 kills and 14 digs, while Hoopes ended with 13 kills of his own on .619 hitting.
The Bulldogs will return to action on Thursday when they visit Pine Manor for a 7:00 p.m. first serve in Chestnut Hill.