Score: Southern Vermont 3, Dean College 2 (25-18, 21-25, 25-21, 29-27, 15-10)
Records: Dean College (12-14, 3-4 NECC), Southern Vermont (8-18, 4-3 NECC)
Location: Mountaineer Athletic Center, Bennington, Vt.
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM
For the second match in a row, Dean College couldn't deliver the final push and this time it was Southern Vermont who edged out the visiting Bulldogs, 3-2, in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's volleyball action on Saturday evening.
The Bulldogs, who dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker to Lesley University on Thursday, sees their regular season come to a close at 12-14.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The match looked as if the host Mountaineers might seize control after going ahead 2-1 after the third set.
They were ahead 21-16 in what could've been the deciding fourth frame but the Cardinal and White rallied, tying the set at 23 following kills from Melanie Rios-Nevarez (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico), Kaitlyn Anderson (Clinton, Conn.) and service aces from both Aminah Tsonga (Plainville, Conn.) and Samantha Trullo (Chelmsford, Mass.).
The score was tied four more times – the last coming at 27-27 – when a Tsonga service ace and an Anderson kill forced a fifth set.
That deciding frame saw the Bulldogs go in front 8-6 after another Tsonga kill, but Southern Vermont went on a set-deciding 6-0 spurt highlighted by a pair of Nikki Ramirez service aces.
Dean stopped the bleeding with a Tsonga hammer, but Liv Sowles capped her monster performance with a match-sealing kill.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Tsonga had a huge effort for the Cardinal and White, posting a career-best 24 kills and 21 digs, while Anderson added 14 kills and 23 digs.
Trullo added 22 digs of her own and Rios-Nevarez doled out 33 assists and added nine digs.
Southern Vermont got 32 kills and 14 digs from Sowles and 22 kills and 21 digs from Ramirez.
With their regular season complete, the Bulldogs will now await word on a possible selection into the USCAA National Tournament. That announcement will happen on Tuesday, October 31.