Visiting New England College used set-sealing scoring sprees in two of the three sets and took the first match of a home-and-home with Dean College, 3-0, on Tuesday evening in non-league women's volleyball action at Pieri Gymnasium. The two teams will meet again in Henniker, N.H. in late October.
Score: New England College 3, Dean 0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-18)
Records: New England College (3-6), Dean College (2-3)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Pilgrims raced out early and took the first set in relatively easy fashion, posting a 25-15 win. Dean was as close as 12-10 after a Kaitlyn Anderson (Clinton, Conn.) kill, but NEC ran off 11 of the next 14 points to take a commanding lead in the set.
The Bulldogs were ahead early in the second frame following an Anderson kill and they were still close later on in the set when a Sami Mulcahy (Taunton, Mass.) service ace had them within two at 12-10.
As they did in the first set, however, the Pilgrims used a scoring spree – this time a 7-2 burst - that gave them control at 19-14. Dean didn't go away, however, as a Samantha Trullo (Chelmsford, Mass.) kill got the Bulldogs to within three at 23-19. NEC then wrapped up the set with back-to-back points capped by a Kaitlyn Walker (Cottonwood, Calif.) putdown.
The third started out all Dean as they jumped out to an early 4-0 as Anderson delivered a pair of kills and Melanie Rios-Nevarez (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico) notched a service ace.
NEC wasted little time turning the tide to their favor and when they took their first lead at 9-8, they never relinquished the lead again.
Their lead grew to as many as seven at 21-14 until an Aminah Tsongah (Plainville, Conn.) kill stopped their momentum but in the end, the Pilgrims proved to be too much posting the match-clinching 25-18 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Walker led the Pilgrims with seven kills, while Kayleigh MacDougall (Farmington, N.H.) added six of her own and Jada Small (Coconut Creek, Fla.) chipped in with five of her own.
Dean was paced by a match-high nine kills from Tsonga and seven more from Anderson.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Thursday when they host Fitchburg State at 7:00 p.m. New England College will return to the floor on Saturday when they host a tri-match with Nichols College and Elms College.