TUESDAY, OCT. 30 // 7:00 PM
BOSTON – The quest for GNAC glory begins Tuesday, Oct. 30 as the fifth-seeded Suffolk volleyball team makes the trip to fourth-seed Lasell. The quarterfinals contest is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
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2018 GNAC WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
Tuesday, Oct. 30 – Quarterfinals
Match 1: #8 Saint Joseph's (Maine) at #1 Johnson & Wales – 7:30 PM
Match 2: #5 Suffolk at #4 Lasell – 7:00 PM
Match 3: #6 Simmons at #3 Colby Sawyer – 7:00 PM
Match 4: #7 Emmanuel at #2 Rivier – 7:00 PM
Thursday, Nov. 1 – Semifinals (at Higher Seeds)
Match 5: Winner of Match 2 vs. Winner of Match 1
Match 6: Winner of Match 4 vs. Winner of Match 3
Saturday, Nov. 3- Championship (at Highest Remaining Seed)
Match 7: Winner of Match 6 vs. Winner of Match 5
LAST TIME OUT
The Suffolk volleyball team forced a fourth frame with a thrilling third set, but could not complete the comeback as Saint Joseph's (Maine) put the match away 3-1 at the Wildcat Center. The decision came by set scores 27-25, 25-15, 25-27 and 25-20.
RAMS IN THE POSTSEASON
- Tuesday's tilt marks the 13th postseason trip for Suffolk and third straight.
- The Rams make their second tournament rip as the fifth seed, which is the highest finish for Suffolk since being fourth in the 2005 field.
- The blue-and-gold will square off with the Lasers in the conference postseason for the first time.
- Suffolk has yet to advance to the semifinals and looks for it's first-ever conference tournament win.
Suffolk slipped in both outings in its final tri-match of the week, falling to No. 2 Johnson & Wales, 3-0, before being set-back by St. Joseph's (Maine) to hold an 11-16 overall record.
The trio of Hannah Fabiano (2.18 kps), Kayla Barbera (2.15 kps) and Chidera Nwankwo (2.04 kps) have helped Suffolk to its most wins in league action since 2005 (7-5) as the sophomores and senior produce over 2.00 kps each. The threesome has been primarily set-up by setter Talia Lombardo's 8.00 aps with the senior leading the way on the serve as well with 0.63 aces per set.
Bridget Allison has contributed on both sides of the net with a team-best 0.55 bps to go with 1.75 kps. Overall the Dakhensey Marcellus (4.50 dps) sees the majority of the Rams' reception with Emma Feeney and Barbera lending a hand with 2.53 dps and 2.51 dps, respectively.
Lasell has fallen in four straight matches, winning just one set in that stretch. The four-match skid put the Lasers at 13-18 on the year.
The Lasers offense sees a pair of players producing over 3.00 kps in Kiana Perez (3.33) and Olivia Addington (3.03). The duo is also the key contributors to Lasell's defense as well. Addington registers 3.37 dps with Perez contributing 3.00 dps. The defensive unit is paced by Allie Jo Amos' 4.09 dps. Jess Langan has held down the setter role for the Lasers this season with the freshman handing out 7.57 assists per set.
WE MEET AGAIN
In the regular season, Suffolk squared off with Lasell on its opening GNAC weekend with the Lasers sweeping the Rams Sept. 15.
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INSIDE THE SERIES
- Suffolk looks for its first-ever win against Lasell in a series that dates back to 2007.
- The Rams trail the series 0-12.
- Ten matches have been decided in straight sets with a pair of contests going four.
- Never has an outing between Suffolk and Lasell reached five sets.
RAMS VS. LASERS IN GNAC POSTSEASON
- Suffolk and Lasell will meet for the first-time in the GNAC Tournament.
WHAT'S TO COME?
The winner of Tuesday's action will advance to the semifinals and take on the victor of regular-season champion Johnson & Wales and the field's eight seed Saint Joseph's (Maine) Thursday, Nov. 1.