Men's Volleyball Closes Out Regular Season, Secures Postseason Berth

Men's Volleyball Closes Out Regular Season, Secures Postseason Berth

THE BASICS
Match 1 Score:
Newbury College 15, Dean College 6
Match 2 Score: Dean College 10, Newbury College 8
Records: Dean College (5-15, 1-1 NECC) Newbury College (4-15, 1-1 NECC)
Location: Lahue Physical Education Center, Quincy, Mass.
Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Playing in their final regular season matches of the season, Dean College dropped a pair of men's volleyball matches to New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) rival Eastern Nazarene and regional powerhouse MIT on Saturday.

Despite the defeats, the Bulldogs clinched a berth in the upcoming NECC Men's Volleyball Tournament as the No. 6 seed. They will to play the No. 3 seed Nichols College on Tuesday evening in Dudley, where they dropped a 3-0 decision to the Bison in late February.

Match 1: Eastern Nazarene 3, Dean College 1
Dean found itself trailing 2-0 heading into the third set before they rallied to take the frame 25-21 as they took advantage of several Lion miscues down the stretch.

ENC rebounded and took the match with a 25-14 decision in a fourth set that saw them hit a match-best .409 and collect 12 kills.

Brandon Jenkins handed out 46 assists for the Lions, who got 24 kills from Arthur Kossoski.

Dean was paced by both John Kauffman (Providence, R.I.) and Jaren Brooks (Odessa, Texas), who both finished with 11 kills, while Chadd Pelletier (Westbrook, Maine) ended with 24 assists and 11 digs.

Match 2: MIT 3, Dean College 0
One of the region's premier teams, MIT hit an impressive .478 for the match, including a white-hot .682 in the first frame on their way to a convincing 3-0 win over Dean.

In that opening set, the Engineers racked up 15 kills and no errors to jumpstart an offense that accounted for 43 kills and only eight errors in the entire match.

Brett Allen finished with 11 kills and six digs for an MIT team that had five different players record five kills or more.