LEICESTER, Mass. – Becker College's Kayla Dupree (Bergen, N.J.) led the Hawks to a 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-19) New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) victory over the visiting Bulldogs of Dean College, as she collected 11 points on a match-high nine kills, a service ace, and a block.
October 9, 2018
Score: Becker 3, Dean 0
Records: Becker (7-7, 2-2 NECC) | Dean (8-11, 0-4 NECC)
Dean was off to a quick start and went ahead 5-1 in the first set on kills from Paola Gonzalez (Southbridge, Mass.) and Melanie Rios-Nevarez (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico). Becker came back and got the team within one on two consecutive aces from Sofia Cullina (Deep River, Conn.). The Bulldogs held a slight advantage on the Hawks until a Dean attack error brought the score to 9-9. Becker took its first lead of the game on a kill from Cullina, and eventually went on a 5-0 run to pull ahead. Dean fought back on kills from Rios-Nevarez, Gonzalez, and Miranda Marquez (San Pedro, Calif.) to put the game within reach again, though, the Hawks maintained a slim lead and prevailed 25-22.
Becker held the visitors to a .000 team hitting percentage in the second set, as the Hawks went 12-44 (.159). Becker took a 2-0 lead to start the second on a kill from Gillian Criddle (Earleville, Md.) and a service ace from Olivia McGuinness (Colchester, Conn.). Dean battled back and attained a four-point lead, but Becker came back and took the lead again on a kill from Criddle. The Hawks slowly secured the lead, and won the second set 25-19. Criddle of Becker and Nicole Defosses (Colorado Springs, Colo.) of Dean each had four kills in the set.
The third set started with back-and-forth play, until Morgan Gould (North Attleboro, Mass.) was at the service and mustered three service aces, guiding her team to a four-point lead. Dean cut into the Hawk's lead and went ahead with Samantha Trullo (Chelmsford, Mass.) at the service. However, the Hawks fought back for the final time and put up five consecutive points on aces from Cullina and points from Dupree. The Hawks held the lead and claimed the NECC win with a 25-19 third set win.
DIG THE DIGITS
- Dupree was the match-leader with nine kills. She also collected one service ace, two digs, and one block.
- Becker's Criddle picked up eight kills and also had a block in the win.
- Veronica Patella-Quinones (Tampa, Fla.) notched a game-high attack percentage (.444), going 4-for-9.
- McGuiness assisted 25 kills for the Hawks,
- The Bulldogs were led by Rios-Nevarez who had a team-high eight kills. Gonzalez and Kait Anderson (Clinton, Conn.) each had seven kills.
- Defosses assisted 21 kills, and logged a team-high three service aces.
- Becker's Cullina had a game-high four service aces on the evening.
- Collectively, as a team, Becker posted a .143 hitting percentage. Dean stood at .070.
The Hawks are back in action on Thursday (Oct. 11) when they host Nichols in a 7 p.m. Breast Cancer Awareness/"PINK" game. Dean returns home on Friday (Oct. 12) and will entertain Bay Path in a 6 p.m. NECC game.