Score: Mitchell College 3, Dean College 2 (25-21, 25-19, 24-26, 17-25, 15-12)
Records: Mitchell College (1-14, 1-2 NECC), Dean College (8-11, 1-2 NECC)
Location: Yarnall Athletic Center, New London, Conn.
Date: October 14, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM
Down 2-0, visiting Dean College rallied to force a fifth set, but in the end, the host Mariners fought through and picked up their first win of the season with a 15-12 fifth et score to take the NECC women's volleyball matchup.
The loss for the Cardinal and White spoils a monster performance from Kaitlyn Anderson (Clinton, Conn.), who finished with a career-high 27 kills and 15 digs while playing less than 30 minutes from her hometown.
HOW IT HAPPENED
In the first set of the day, Dean won the first five points and played with the lead for most of the stanza. The Bulldogs later led 18-11 before the Mariners turned things around with a 13-2 run that included service aces from Myia Williams (Roselle, N.J.), and Tanisha Ruiz (Bristol, Conn.).
Four consecutive aces from Megan Elphick (Waterford, Conn.) gave the Mariners a 5-2 lead early in the second set. The Bulldogs closed the margin and the score remained tight until back-to-back kills by Williams and another ace by Elphick put Mitchell ahead 18-14. From there the Mariners never gave up the lead again and finished off the set with a kill from Krick, her fourth of the frame.
A service ace by Anderson put Dean on top 20-15 late in the third set. Mitchell rallied back with five unanswered points to tie the score at 20-20, and later the Mariners fought off three set points to tie the score again at 24-24. However, the Bulldogs hung on behind kills from Paola Gonzalez (Southbridge, Mass.) and Anderson to extend the match.
The fourth set was tied at 12-12 when Dean ripped off a 9-2 run to seize control. Aminah Tsonga (Plainville, Conn.) supplied two service aces and a kill during the spurt and Anderson was immense, contributing nine kills in the stanza as the Bulldogs evened the match at 2-2.
Dean won the first three points of the fifth set to seize the early momentum, although Mitchell quickly trimmed the deficit and later tied things up at 9-9. The Mariners took the lead at 11-10 and closed out the contest by winning five of the final seven points, with match point coming on a block by Williams and Sweeney to secure the victory.
Dean returns to action at home against Becker College on Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m.