Volleyball Captures 20th Win in GNAC Quarterfinals Sweep of Colby Sawyer

Volleyball Captures 20th Win in GNAC Quarterfinals Sweep of Colby Sawyer

BOSTON – Suffolk volleyball secured its first-ever season 20th win in post-season action as the fourth-seeded Rams put together a straight set victory over fifth seed Colby Sawyer in the GNAC Quarterfinals Tuesday night at Larry E. and Michael S. Smith Court. The postseason triumph came via set scores 25-21, 25-20 and 25-20.  

SCORE: Suffolk 3 | Colby Sawyer 0
RECORDS: Suffolk (20-11) | Colby Sawyer (17-18)  


  • Down 5-2, a Kayla Barbera kill jump started a Suffolk comeback that saw back-to-back kills from Hannah Fabiano level the playing field.
  • The Chargers collected the next point, but it was blue-and-gold, from there as a Stephanie Rheaume kill boasted 5-0 Rams run that made it a 10-6 set in the hosts favor. 
  • Suffolk never relinquished its four-point margin, instead, it built on the momentum and gained an eight-point advantage, 19-12. 
  • Colby Sawyer caught up and cut the distance to three, 24-21, which forced Scott Blanchard to take a timeout. 
  • Out of the huddle, the Rams took care of business and Barbera's fourth kill of the frame sealed the deal for Suffolk.  


  • Colby Sawyer put the first point on the board before the Rams rattled off seven straight including a pair of aces by Barbera to put the blue-and-gold ahead 7-1. 
  • An early Chargers timeout did not stop Suffolk, who pushed its cushion to seven, 11-4. 
  • A comeback came for CSC as it outscored the Rams 8-3 to trim the deficit to two, 14-12. 
  • Blanchard's break slowed down Colby Sawyer for a second, but not for long, as it managed to make it a one-point stanza, 15-14. 
  • Suffolk slowly gained a four-point lead, 21-17, which saw CSC use its second timeout of the stanza. 
  • The Rams maintained their composure down the stretch to grab a 2-0 advantage in the match.   


  • Suffolk handled the opening portion to take a hefty 20-9 cushion. 
  • Colby Sawyer put on a comeback show, outscoring the Rams, 12-2, to climb within five, 22-17. 
  • After Blanchard took a timeout, the team's traded points the remainder of the way, which allowed Suffolk to clinch the victory.  


  • Fabiano led the way for the blue-and-gold with a 14-kill, 12-dig, double-double effort.
  • Barbera was on the verge of a double-double as well with 11 kills and eight digs to go along with three aces and one helper. 
  • Johnson fell one dig short of a double-double with assists (38) and digs (9) with the rookie also recording one ace, block, and kill, respectively. 
  • Rheaume registered seven kills and three blocks. 
  • Kenzley Bell put together an all-around night of five kills, five digs, three aces and one block.


  • Suffolk and Colby Sawyer met in the GNAC postseason for the first time in program history.
  • The Rams hosted their second-ever league playoff game, first since 2005. 
  • Suffolk put together its first 20-win season in program history. 
  • The Rams advanced to the conference semifinals for the second straight season and second time in program history. 
  • Both of Suffolk's GNAC Quarterfinal wins have come in straight set fashion. 
  • The blue-and-gold defeated Colby Sawyer for the second straight meeting to move to 2-7 all-time against the Chargers. 
  • The sweep is the first for Suffolk over Colby Sawyer.  


Suffolk moves on to the GNAC semifinals where it will face Johnson & Wales Thursday, Nov. 7 in Providence, Rhode Island.