TUESDAY, SEPT. 25 // 7 PM
BOSTON – The Suffolk volleyball team opens a four-match homestand Tuesday, Sept. 25 as it entertains Rivier inside Regan Gymnasium. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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LAST TIME OUT
In a battle between the Boston Commons neighbors, Emerson prevailed over Suffolk volleyball in straight sets Saturday afternoon at Brown & Plofker Gymnasium. The decision came in set scores 25-16, 25-21 and 25-20.
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Suffolk looks to snap a three-match skid that put the Rams 2-7 on the season and 1-1 against conference competition.
The sophomore pair of Hannah Fabiano and Kayla Barbera each add sparks on both sides of the net for the blue-and-gold. Fabiano leads the way with 2.63 kps to go along with 1.63 dps. Barbera, meanwhile, chips in 2.13 kps, 0.61 aces per set and 2.04 dps. Talia Lombardo has taken over Suffolk's primary setter role with the senior setting up 6.59 assists per set.
A member of the sophomore class is leading the way defensively as well with Dakhensey Marcellus' 3.90 dps.
The 9-5 overall Rivier Raiders, who are 4-0 against conference competition, take a four-match win streak into Tuesday's tilt with the quartet of victories all coming in straight set fashion. The Raiders most recently swept Colby Sawyer and Lasell to prep for Tuesday's action.
Hayley Macken's 8.93 assists per frame have set up the Raiders' 11.83 aps offense that is anchored by Jess Whyt'es 2.53 kps. Courtney Collins (2.38), Sydney Racevicius (2.38) and Taylor Dunster (2.33) contribute over 2.00 assists per set to the offense as well.
Dunster paces the defensive unit with 2.85 dps and gets help from Racevicius (2.69 dps), Macken (2.64 dps) and Avery Pollard (2.48 dps).
INSIDE THE SERIES
- Suffolk has yet to defeat the Raiders in the all-time series dating back to 2003.
- Rivier leads the all-time meetings, 16-0.
- 14 of the 16 meetings have been decided in straight sets with the other pair going four sets.
Suffolk hosts its first tri-match of the season when it welcomes Colby Sawyer and Mass. Maritime to Regan Gymnasium Saturday, Sept. 29. The Rams will first take on the Chargers at 11 a.m., before facing the Buccaneers at 3 p.m.