Volleyball Outlasts Fisher In Home Opener, 3-2

The women's volleyball team celebrates their first win of the season, 3-2, over Fisher College on Thursday evening (Nathan Minese photo).
The women's volleyball team celebrates their first win of the season, 3-2, over Fisher College on Thursday evening (Nathan Minese photo).

THE BASICS
Score:
Dean College 3, Fisher College 2 (25-20, 16-25, 25-13, 18-25, 15-13)
Records: Dean College (1-2), Fisher College (0-1)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Dean College overcame some uneven play and outlasted a very game Fisher College squad, 3-2, in non-league women's volleyball action on Thursday evening.

The win for the Bulldogs is their first of the season and was ignited by the all-around play of Melanie Rios-Nevarez (Alta Vega, Puerto Rico), who finished with a match-best 18 kills to go along with 12 digs and five service aces.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
Dean came out and took the first set, 25-20 after collecting six of the final seven points of the frame, including a service ace from Paola Gonzalez (Southbridge, Mass.) and a set-sealing kill from Samantha Trullo (Chelmsford, Mass.).

The visiting Falcons dominated the second set, building an insurmountable 21-11 lead following a Natie Manalo service ace and were on their way to a 25-16 triumph.

The Bulldogs answered back in the third set, blazing to an early 15-6 advantage on the strength of three Rios-Nevarez aces and a Tori Maynard kill (Millville, Mass.). Fisher never got closer in the set as Dean took a 2-1 lead after their 25-13 victory.

In the fourth set, the Falcons broke open a tight score early and were never really threatened by Dean in knotting the match up with a 25-18 win.

The fifth set was tied seven times – the last coming at 13-13 – before Rios-Nevarez but the match away with a pair of kills.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Neither team hit the ball well as they combined for 49 hitting errors and 22 more service errors.

In addition to Rios-Nevarez, Trullo (22 digs) and Gonzalez (22 digs) each had strong defensive efforts, while Victoria Whitmore (Bedford, Mass.) ended with a match-best 25.

Nicole Defosses (Colorado Springs, Colo.) doled out a career-best 29 assists to go along with 17 digs.

UP NEXT:
The Bulldogs return to action Saturday when they take part in a tri-match host by Anna Maria and featuring Simmons College. Action begins for Dean at 12:00 p.m.