FRANKLIN, Mass.- The Dean College Bulldogs stormed out of the gate, taking the first game of the match against Southern Vermont and leading 19-11 in the second, but the Mountaineers gained control from that point forward and took the second, third, and fourth games for a 3-1 victory.
The Bulldogs won the first set 25-21. Dean's four point margin was the largest lead either squad held during the tightly contested set.
Dean raced out to a 5-0 lead in the second set and pushed their lead all the way to 19-11 midway through the frame. The Mountaineers responded with 8 of the next 9 points to cut the lead to 1. Southern Vemont was able to out muscle the Bulldogs down the stretch, and a kill from Te Hayward knotted the set at 23 before two Dean errors gave the Mountaineers the game.
An 8-0 run in the middle of the third set broke open a close contest and gave Southern Vermont the momentum. The run pushed their lead to 23-12 and they tacked on the final two points on kills from Yonas Million and Marv Figaro.
Dean led 5-2 in the final set before a 16-7 run from the Mountaineers gave them a commanding 18-12 lead. They were able to hold on for a 25-17 victory, capped by a pretty kill from Heyward on the game's final point.
Southern Vermont was led by Heyward's 16 kills. Million added 9 kills and Jeff James and Figaro had 5 and 4, respectively. Million and Bryan Bernal both had 14 digs, and Bernal added 33 assists.
Dean next plays Mount Ida, home on Tuesday night at 7:00. It is their final contest of the season.
Southern Vermont plays a doubleheader next Saturday vs Lesley and Endicott, hosted by the Gulls.