Score: Lesley University 3, Dean College 2 (17-25, 22-25, 25-14, 29-27, 15-13
Records: Dean College (11-13, 3-3 NECC), Lesley University (12-13, 6-0 NECC)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Visiting Lesley University rallied from two sets down to stun a packed house at Pieri Gymnasium and post a 3-2 win over Dean College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's volleyball action on Wednesday evening.
The comeback victory for the Lynx spoiled a special night for the Bulldogs' lone senior Samantha Trullo (Chelmsford, Mass.) who was honored with a ceremony before the start of the match.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Bulldogs opened the match up on fire, racing to an early 10-3 lead highlighted by kills from Kaitlyn Anderson (Clinton, Conn.) and Aminah Tsonga (Plainville, Conn.) as well as a service ace from Trullo.
Dean kept its advantage and when Melanie Rios-Nevarez (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico) supplied back-to-back service aces, the Bulldogs were in control 21-12 on their way to a 25-17 triumph.
The second set was much closer, and when Anni Abbruzzese (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) registered a kill and a Bulldog attack error followed, the set was knotted at 19-19.
Sami Mulcahy (Taunton, Mass.) was able to move Dean back in front with a kill, sparking a 5-0 spurt that featured kills from Anderson and Tsonga again as they sealed the second set, 25-22.
Lesley came out on and took control of the third set, hitting .323 in the set as Abbruzzese and Kaylee Deluga (Dennis, Mass.) provided much of the offense during the 25-14 set win.
The fourth set was a back and forth affair and when Sarah Hollis (Hudson, Mass.) snuck in a service ace, the Lynx held a 20-19 advantage.
Unfazed, the Bulldogs recorded three straight points to move in front, 22-20. Dean was still ahead 23-22 when Tallin Goldberg (Merrimack, N.H.) evened the score with a service ace to even the score at 23-23, forcing a Bulldog timeout.
The Cardinal and White fought off set point to knot the score at 25-25 with another hammer from Anderson but the Lynx answered and we were again tied at 26-26.
Again, Dean fought off set point and evened the score at 27-27 before Lesley went on to take the set, 29-27.
The fifth set was tied eight times before a Deluga kill and a Bulldog error made the score 13-11. Dean got as close as 14-13, but Deluga delivered the match-sealing kill, giving the Lynx the improbable victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Deluga led a trio of Lesley players with a match—high 18 kills and 22 digs, while Abbruzzese totaled 15 kills and 17 digs. Cassidy Wygonick, meanwhile, ended with ten kills and 13 digs for the Lynx, and Goldberg handed out 42 assists.
For the Cardinal and White, Anderson came on strong as the match went on and finished with 15 kills and Tsonga recorded 11 kills and 13 digs.
Trullo posted a team-best 19 digs and Rios-Nevarez dished out 31 assists.
Dean returns to action Thursday when they travel to Fitchburg State for a 7:00 PM first serve with the Falcons.