Women's Volleyball Drops Heartbreaker To Southern Vermont, 3-2

Women's Volleyball Drops Heartbreaker To Southern Vermont, 3-2

THE BASICS
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

THE LEAD:
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.

UP NEXT:
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.