BOSTON – Suffolk wraps up a four-match homestand with its first home tri-match of 2019 as Mass. Maritime and Salem State are scheduled to visit the Ridgeway Building Saturday, Sept. 21. The Rams and Buccaneers will open the day on the Larry E. and Michael S. Smith Court at 11 a.m., with the blue-and-gold wrapping up the action at 3 p.m. versus the Spartans.
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LAST TIME OUT
Six different Rams produced new personal-best as Suffolk volleyball swept Salem State, 3-0, Thursday night at the Lary E. and Michael S. Smith Court.
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The Rams have put together its best record through its first 11 matches at 7-4 in recent history.
Suffolk's success is thanks in large part to its well-balanced offense that is paced by Hannah Fabiano's 2.69 kps with consistent contributors Kayla Barbera and Sarah Mullahy adding 2.14 kps and 2.13 kps, respectively. Harmony Johnson holds down the Rams' setting responsibilities with 7.94 aps to her credit. Kenzley Bell, meanwhile, adds all around with 2.15 assists per set and a team-high 4.54 dps.
Mass. Maritime, who opened the season with a 3-1 win at Anna Maria, has fallen in seven straight to bring a 1-7 record into Saturday's tri-match.
The Bucs offense is paced by Marie Harrison and Hannah Tarbox who each contribute 1.44 kps. Michelle Sheehan has maintained the setting responsibilities with 4.46 apg, while also leading the way at the service line with 0.54 aces per set.
On the defensive side of things, Christina Ruggeri's 3.69 dps leads the way with Harrison chipping in 2.44 dps and Isabelle Miazga supplying 2.43 dps.
INSIDE THE SERIES
- Suffolk is unbeaten, 15-0, in the all-time series with Mass. Maritime, which dates back to 1996.
- The Rams have swept the Buccaneers in all, but four meetings.
- Last year, the blue-and-gold took down MMA, 3-1, in Boston.
Castleton, who is 4-4 on the year, is making a weekend trip to Boston with a match at UMass Boston Friday, Sept. 13 serving as prep prior to Saturday's tri.
The Spartans have a spread out 6.08 kps offense with Shannon Manchester's 1.67 kps leading the way and Ellie Frischmon and Madison Hamelink chipping in 1.21 kps each. Bre MacDuff has owned the setting duties with 3.63 assists per set.
Meghan Zawatsky's 1.88 dps anchors the defensive unit that receives 1.42 dps from MacDuff and 0.25 bps from Manchester.
INSIDE THE SERIES
- The Rams swept the Spartans in the lone meeting in the series in a tri-match at Anna Maria.
- Suffolk and Castleton will meet for the second time and first since 2012.
Suffolk makes a pitstop by Wentworth Tuesday, Sept. 24. The Rams and Leopards tangle at 7 p.m.