Bluejays Top Women's Volleyball, 3-0

Bluejays Top Women's Volleyball, 3-0

THE BASICS
Score:
University of Saint Joseph 3, Dean College 0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-22)
Records: University of Saint Joseph (2-4), Dean College (2-4)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.

THE LEAD:
Visiting University of Saint Joseph did just enough to hold off Dean College, 3-0, in non-league women's volleyball action on Tuesday evening. Game scores went in the Bluejays favor 25-18, 25-21, 25-22 as the host Bulldogs could never get over the hump in the back-and-forth matchup.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Bluejays led virtually from wire-to-wire in the first set, building their advantage to as many seven at 20-13 following a Nina Lestrund kill. Actually the set was tied at 11-11 when USJ ran off nine of the next 11 points to give them the aforementioned lead.

The Bulldogs would get as close as 22-18 later in the frame but the Bluejays registered the final three points to secure the set triumph.

USJ wasted little time jumping on the Bulldogs in the first portion of the second set, sprinting out to a decisive 10-1 advantage. To their credit, Dean rallied and after a service ace from Paola Gonzalez (Southbridge, Mass.), the Bulldogs were only down 13-9.

Things got even tighter down the stretch as Dean took advantage of some USJ miscues and closed the gap to 21-19. The Bluejays, however, we able to keep the Bulldogs at bay and Torrie Epps sealed the set with a kill, 25-21.

The Bulldogs raced out to an early 5-0 lead in the third set and were still ahead 9-3 after Melanie Rios-Nevarez (Alta Vega, Puerto Rico) hammered down a kill.

Remarkably, the Bluejays went on to collect 16 of the next 20 points to blaze ahead, 19-13. Dean wouldn't go away as kills from both Rios-Nevarez and Tori Maynard (Millville, Mass.) along with some USJ attack errors made the score 20-17.

Dean eventually got even at 22-22 after Samantha Trullo (Chelmsford, Mass.) recorded a kill but that would be the Bulldogs' last point as Epps collected two more kills and then Emonnie Weston ended the match with a service ace.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Neither team hit the ball well as each team had more attack errors than kills.

Rios-Nevarez (6) and Maynard (5) combined for 11 kills for Dean, who got a double-double from Nicole Defosses (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who dished out 16 assists and had ten digs.

The USJ trio of Epps, Lestrund and Aminah Tsonga generated ten kills combined, while Brenna Miller handed out nine assists.

UP NEXT:
Dean is off until Thursday when they travel to Massachusetts Maritime for a 7:00 p.m. first serve with the Buccaneers, while the Bluejays open up conference play with a home match against Saint Joe's of Maine.