Bulldogs Find Rhythm, Fly By Falcons, 3-1

Dean evened its record at 3-3 with wild win over Fitchburg State (Lee Testor Photo)
Dean evened its record at 3-3 with wild win over Fitchburg State (Lee Testor Photo)

Video Highlights vs. Fitchburg State

THE LEAD:
Kaitlyn Anderson
(Clinton, Conn.) and Aminah Tsonga (Plainville, Conn.) combined for 24 kills and host Dean College rallied for a thrilling 3-1 win over Fitchburg State in non-league women's volleyball action on Thursday evening.

THE BASICS
Score: Dean College 3, Fitchburg State 1 (20-25, 28-26, 25-9, 25-13)
Records: Dean College (3-3), Fitchburg State (1-5)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
The match opened up as a back and forth affair and early on in the first set, the score was even at eight all. Fitchburg went on a brief spurt to gain some separation and after an Annie Woolley (Malden, Mass.) kill, the Falcons were ahead 14-9. Fitchburg kept the Bulldogs at bay for the rest of the set and after a Dean ball handling error, the set was over at 25-20.

Things looked bleak for the Bulldogs as the second set wore on, trailing 19-12 after consecutive service aces from Serene Pease (Ashland, Mass.). Dean, methodically closed the gap, however, and when Tsonga hammered down a pair of kills, the score was all square at 24-24.

The set was tied two more times at 25-25 and again at 26-26 and then Bulldogs took advantage of a Fitchburg attack error and got another kill from Tsonga to complete the comeback and win the set, 28-26.

Riding the emotion of the previous frame, Dean stepped on the gas in the third set rolling to an easy 25-9 victory. The score was tied at 1-1 until the hosts got hot and went on a run that when the smoke cleared, they were in command at 12-3 on their way to the 16-point set victory.

The fourth set was all Bulldogs in the beginning as they raced out to a near insurmountable 12-1 lead. FSU did their best to climb back, getting as close as 19-11 but Dean took the set and the match with a 25-13 decision.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Anderson finished with a match-best 13 kills, while Tsonga recorded a double-double with 11 kills and 15 digs. Melanie Rios-Nevarez (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico) handed out a career-best 24 assists to go along with 15 digs of her own and Sami Mulcahy (Taunton, Mass.) ended with 24 digs.

Kathryn Carroll (Shrewsbury Mass.) led the Falcons with six kills, while Woolley and Lauren Riccardi (Tewksbury, Mass.) each chipped in with with five.

UP NEXT:
The Bulldogs are back in action on Saturday when they host a tri-match with SUNY-Delhi and Fisher College beginning at 11:00 AM. Fitchburg State is off until Monday when they host New England College.