BOSTON – Suffolk volleyball unveiled its 2017 campaign Monday morning, a slate which features the Smith College Invitational, two 2016 NCAA participants and 12 home matches inside Regan Gymnasium.
Suffolk's first serve of its 22nd season gets underway on the road at Mass. Maritime Tuesday, Sept. 5. The Rams and Buccaneers will open up against one another in the first contest of the season for the second consecutive campaign. Last season, the Rams defeated the Buccaneers in straight sets Boston.
The contest opens a five-match road swing as the Rams head to the Smith College Invitational Sept. 8-9, where the blue-and-gold will take the hardwood versus Gallaudet, Mount Saint Vincent and Western New England in the two-day tournament.
Suffolk stops by Eastern Nazarene Tuesday, Sept. 12, to wrap up the road matches before hosting its first matches of the season on the friendly confines of Michael E. and Larry S. Smith Court. The Rams home opener also marks the first tri-match of the season with Newbury and Salem State stopping by Beacon Hill Saturday, Sept. 16.
Pine Manor pays Suffolk a visit Tuesday, Sept. 19, before the Rams head back out on the road. A trip to Gordon Thursday, Sept. 21 precedes the GNAC opener, a tri-match versus reigning league champion Johnson & Wales at Rivier.
After crossing town for a Wednesday, Sept. 27 showdown at Emmanuel, the Rams wrap up their September slate at Albertus Magnus in a tri with Anna Maria Saturday, Sept. 30.
October opens with four straight matches under Regan Gymnasium's roof as Lasell (Oct. 4), Mount Ida (Oct. 7), 2016 NCAA participant Framingham State (Oct. 7) and Becker (Oct. 10) all come to Suffolk.
A Thursday, Oct. 12 tilt at Wentworth breaks up the homestand, but not for long as the blue-and-gold return to its home court for a tri-match with Curry and Norwich Saturday, Oct. 14. Suffolk then entertains conference newcomer Regis in a midweek matchup Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Five of the final six matches will be played away from home with Suffolk traveling to Saint Joseph's (Maine) for a tri with Framingham State Saturday, Oct. 21, Colby Sawyer (Oct. 24) and its final tri of the season at St. Joseph (Conn.) featuring Simmons Saturday, Oct. 28).
Suffolk concludes the home portion of its schedule with non-league action against UMass Dartmouth (Oct. 26).
Bonny Ducharme returns for her third straight season at the helm of Suffolk's program, which return to the GNAC postseason for the first time since 2013 last year. The Rams welcome back a veteran roster, including juniors Bridget Allison, Talia Lombardo and Chidera Nwankwo, along with senior Liz Kerek.