Score: Newbury College 3, Dean College 0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-18)
Records: Newbury College (3-8, 2-0 NECC), Dean College (1-7, 0-1 NECC)
Location: Pappas Gymnasium (Hellenic College), Brookline, Mass.
Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
The Dean College Bulldogs dropped a tightly contested battle to Newbury College on Tuesday night, falling in straight sets to the Nighthawks at Pappas Gymnasium, in Brookline, Mass.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Newbury raced out to an early lead in set one, building a 16-8 lead in the early going. The Bulldogs closed the gap, narrowing the deficit to 20-14 before Newbury rallied to close out the set with a 25-18 victory.
Back and forth action ensued early in the second frame before Dean took 12-10 lead at the midway point. After a Newbury timeout, the Nighthawks stormed to eight of the next nine points to take control of the set. Trailing 20-14, Dean took a timeout to try to quell the momentum, but Newbury overpowered the visitors down the stretch, earning a 25-17 victory.
Dean controlled the early part of set three, racing out to a 3-1 lead and holding an 11-8 advantage after a kill from John Kauffman (East Providence, R.I). Newbury bounced back to take a 14-13 lead with a sizeable run, but saved their biggest run for the knockout blow. After Dean knotted the score at 14, the hosts ripped off seven straight points to take a stranglehold on the game and the match. A Bulldog timeout helped steady the squad, as Dean responded with four straight points to narrow the gap to 21-18, but Newbury proved to be too much. The Nighthawks scored the games' final four points to seal the set and the match.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Kauffman led the Bulldogs with 10 kills, while also adding seven digs. Aaron Brody (Webster, Mass.) had seven kills and four digs while Aaron Rivers (Punta Gorda, Fla.) led the way with 13 digs. Chadd Pelletier (Westbrook, Maine) paced the offense with 14 assists.
Dean will participate in a tri-match on Sunday at Nichols College, squaring off against Elms College at 2:00 p.m. and the host Bison at 4:00 p.m.