OCTOBER 24 | 7 PM
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LAST TIME OUT
Meg Kerek notched career bests Saturday afternoon, but the rookie's career day would not be enough as Suffolk volleyball dropped a straight set decision to Framingham State at Saint Joseph's (Maine)'s Harold Alfond Center. The non-conference setback came by set scores, 25-6, 25-20 and 25-5.
Suffolk has fallen in four straight to dip to 12-12 on the season.
The Rams receive well-balanced, all-around performances from freshman Hannah Fabiano and junior Talia Lombardo. Fabiano anchors the 9.63 kps offense with 2.73 kps herself to go along with a 2.60 dps and 0.41 bps defensive effort. Lombardo, meanwhile, pitches in 1.84 kps and 0.79 aces per set to the offense and 2.30 dps to the defense. Liz Kerek is the main setter for Suffolk as the senior dishes out 6.32 aps. Libero Dakhensey Marcellus holds down the defensive unit with 3.34 dps.
CHARGERS CATCH UP
Similar to the Rams, Colby Sawyer takes four-match skid into Tuesday's tilt, which will prep the 11-18 overall Chargers for the NEC Tournament.
Naarah Cox (2.84 kps) and Courtney Murray (2.61 kps) each produce 2.00 kps or more to pace Colby Saywer's 9.10 kps attack. Olivia Goodrich has held down the setting duties, handing out 7.78 aps.
Defensively, Morgan Flynn leads the way with 3.09 dps with Nicole Olivieri (2.96 dps) and Cox (0.61 bps) adding to the effort.
INSIDE THE SERIES
- The Suffolk, Colby Sawyer series dates back to 2001 with the Chargers holding each of the five meetings.
- All five of Colby Sawyer's wins have come in straight sets.
- The Rams were swept by the Chargers in the last meeting Oct. 21, 2016.
Talia Lombardo turned in a stellar performance for Suffolk volleyball in a five-set thriller versus Curry Saturday afternoon en route to the first known triple double in Rams' history.
SETTING IT UP
After recording her 1,000th assist Oct. 7 versus Lasell, senior Liz Kerek has slid into second place all-time in Suffolk history with 1,190 career handouts, displacing Katie Hemlin's 1,134 mark set in 2005. Kerek is currently 631 assists shy of the all-time record (1,821), which Julia Sullivan holds.
- 12 of Suffolk's 24 matches have been determinded in straight sets.
- The Rams are 4-8 this season when playing in three-set matches.
WHEN IT COMES TO FIVE
- Suffolk has played five five-set thrillers this year with the Rams owning a 3-2 record in such outings.
- Overall under Bonny Ducharme, the blue-and-gold is 5-1 when going the distance.
Suffolk concludes home regular season play Thursday, Oct. 26 as it entertains UMass Dartmouth in a 7 p.m. Senior Day showdown inside Regan Gymnasium.