FRANKLIN, Mass. – The 2019 Dean College women's volleyball season begins on Wednesday, September 4th, with first year Head Coach Joe Hanrahan and the Bulldogs squaring off against Regis College at Pieri Gym in Franklin, Mass.
The Bulldogs charge into 2019 with a new head coach. Joe Hanrahan takes over the reins after spending the 2018 season as an assistant coach with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) women's program. Hanrahan will also coach the men's volleyball team at Dean.
GETTING RIGHT TO IT
The Bulldogs open with four games in the first week of the season, hosting Regis and Bridgewater State on Wednesday and Friday before competing in a tri-match on Saturday against MCLA and Norwich.
GUESS WHO'S BACK
Two time New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) All Conference selection Kait Anderson returns to anchor the Bulldogs in her senior season. The star from Clinton, Conn. led the Bulldogs with 2.30 kills per set in 2018, finishing second on the team with 159 kills despite missing the first five matches.
SOMETHING TO PROVE
Dean finished 12-15 in 2018, falling in the NECC quarterfinals to Elms College 3-0. The Bulldogs will have to wait until the final regular season contest of the year on October 30th to get another crack at the Blazers.
A two-sport senior standout (Softball and Volleyball) from Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, Melanie Rios-Nevarez finished 2018 first on the squad with 197 kills. The 2018 team MVP also finished second on the team in digs (294) and assists per set (1.16).
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
Six freshman will round out the 12 player roster, with the newcomers hailing from New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. The Bulldogs roster consists of student athletes from seven different states.