Score: Dean College 3, Bay Path 2 (20-25, 25-16, 15-25, 26-24, 15-13
Records: Dean College (7-8, 1-0 NECC), Bay Path (6-8, 0-1 NECC)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: October 3, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Dean rallied to win the final two sets after falling behind 2-1 and the host Bulldogs won their first-ever match as a member of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) with a thrilling 3-2 triumph over Bay Path in women's volleyball action on Tuesday evening.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
After dropping the first set, 25-20, Dean took the second set with relative ease at 25-16 as the Wildcats committed seven errors in the frame and the Bulldogs took full advantage on their way to tying the match.
Things swung dramatically in the favor of Bay Path as they rolled to an easy 25-15 victory in a pivotal third set as Taylor Heinbokel registered back-to-back service aces as part of a stretch where the Wildcats won six straight points.
The fourth set looked to be all Bay Path as they jumped out to an early 5-1 advantage. Dean rallied, though, and when Kaitlyn Anderson (Clinton, Conn.) and Aminah Tsonga (Plainville, Conn.) had back-to-back kills, the score was now in favor of the Bulldogs at 13-12.
Bay Path was actually just two points away from winning the match after going in front 23-19 on an Ashlee Connors kill but Tsonga helped rally Dean with a kill and three service aces in a five-point burst and suddenly the Bulldogs were in front 24-23.
After the set was all tied at 24-24, Dean wrapped up the frame victory courtesy of a Wildcat service error and an Anderson hammer that forced a fifth and deciding set.
That fifth set proved to be one that left you on the edge of your seat as it was tied 11 times – the last coming at 13-13 a Bulldog service error.
Fortunately for Dean that would be the Wildcats' final point as they went to Tsonga and Anderson for set-sealing kills and the match victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Several individuals had monster performances, led by Sami Mulcahy (Taunton, Mass.) finishing with a season-high 30 digs for Dean, while Anderson tacked on a gigantic double-double of 16 kills and 13 digs.
Tsonga, meanwhile, was immense for the Bulldogs, racking up a career-high 28 digs to go along with 12 kills. Melanie Rios-Nevarez (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico) stuffed the stat sheet with 21 assists, 15 digs and five service aces, while Samantha Trullo (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Paola Gonzalez (Southbridge, Mass.) combined for 37 digs.
For the visitors, Lexi Cears totaled ten assists and 16 digs and Joanne Nazario ended with a match-high 35 digs.
The Bulldogs continue their homestand with a Thursday meeting with Pine Manor. First serve is slated for 7:00 p.m.