Score: Dean College 3, Massachusetts Maritime 2 (23-25, 20-25, 25-20, 25-18, 15-12)
Records: Dean College (3-9), Massachusetts Maritime (1-12)
Location: Clean Harbors Arena, Buzzards Bay, Mass.
Date: Monday, September 30, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
In what was without question the most thrilling match of the season, Dean College rallied from two sets down to surge past Massachusetts Maritime, 3-2, in non-league women's volleyball action on Monday evening.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The host Buccaneers took the first set, when after a 21-21 tie, they scored five of the next seven points to get the early advantage.
That lead grew to 2-0 as they powered to a 25-20 win – a frame that saw them score the first eight points and never trail.
Dean was down to the final five points in the third set when the match was all knotted up at 20-20, but the Bulldogs took advantage of three straight Massachusetts Maritime errors and then took the set when senior Kait Anderson (Clinton, Conn.) delivered back-to-back kills.
The fourth set saw Dean jump out to an early 8-2 edge only to see it erased and then trailing, 17-15. Incredibly, after the Bulldogs pulled even at 18-18, the Buccaneers never scored another point in the set and the Cardinal and White rattled off seven straight – including a set-sealing kill from sophomore Miranda Marquez (San Pedro, Calif.).
Now in the fifth and deciding set and all the momentum clearly with Dean, the Bulldogs jumped out to leads of 7-3 and 11-5 before settling for the 15-12 win courtesy of a Sadie Homer (North Easton, Mass.) match-clinching kill.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Senior Melanie Rios-Nevarez (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico) finished with 14 kills, 21 digs and six service aces, while Anderson totaled ten kills and 15 digs of her own. Marquez, meanwhile, collected seven kills and 13 digs.
Homer had a spectacular 20-20 game, ending with 26 assists and 25 digs and Amanda Payne (Millis, Mass.) provided a team-best 30 digs.
The Bulldogs jump back into New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action with a Thursday match against Bay Path.