Bulldogs Breeze Past Gators In Season-Opening 3-0 Win

Bulldogs Breeze Past Gators In Season-Opening 3-0 Win

THE BASICS
Score:
Dean College 3, Pine Manor College 0 (25-21, 25-18, 26-24)
Records: Dean College (1-0), Pine Manor College (0-1)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Dean College opened up its second season of existence with an emphatic 3-0 win over Pine Manor behind a strong inaugural performance from freshman Joel Carmona (Lawrence, Mass.) in non-league men' volleyball action on Tuesday evening.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
In the opening set, Pine Manor took a 6-2 lead as both teams tried to find their footing early on. The Bulldogs eventually settled down as back-to-back kills from Carmona evened the score at 14-14.

Carmona continued his hot hitting with two more kills and when that was accompanied by some attack errors from the Gators and a Gabe McClain (Los Angeles, Calif.) service ace, the Bulldogs were in front, 21-17.

Pine Manor got as close as three at 23-21 after a Dion Johnson kill and a Carmona error, but Dean finished off the first set with kills from Gabe Villalobos-Campos (Chevy Chase, Md.) and Carmona.

The Bulldogs led wire-to-wire in the second set with their advantage peaking out at 23-15 following four straight unforced Gator errors.

Diondre Charros (Fairhaven, Mass.) recorded two kills in the final three points, including the set-sealing hammer that gave Dean a 2-0 lead.

Pine Manor came out on fire in the third set, running off four straight points to take a 14-10 lead. Dean did even the score at 16-16 after a Carmona kill but the Gators scored five of the next seven points to take a 21-18 advantage and force a Bulldog timeout.

Dean closed the gap with consecutive points out of the timeout and even after an attack error, they knotted the score following another Carmona kill and a Gator error.

The Bulldogs took their first lead of the set when Villalobos-Campos and Dean Bennett (Bloomfield, N.J.) delivered back-to-back kills.

After the Gators tied the game at 24-24, Dean sealed the victory with a kill from Bennett and a service ace from Bobby Tetreault (Mattapoisett, Mass.).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Carmona paced the Bulldogs with 13 kills and 11 digs, while Tetreault doled out a match-best 15 assists to go along with nine digs.

Johnson was the star for Pine Manor, totaling eight kills, seven service aces and five digs.

UP NEXT:
Dean jumps right back into action on Thursday when they travel to Emerson for a 7:00 PM showdown with the Lions. Pine Manor, meanwhile, returns to the hardwood tomorrow night when they head to Eastern Nazarene.