BOSTON – Coming off its most successful season since 2013, the Suffolk volleyball team enters a new era under the guidance of Scott Blanchard with 27 matches on its 2018 slate.
Action gets underway September 7-8 at the MIT Invitational where the Rams will take on Wellesley, Morrisville State and Colby over the two-day tournament.
Ram Nation will get its first taste of the blue-and-gold inside Regan Gymnasium Tuesday, Sept. 11 when Suffolk entertains Pine Manor, before Eastern Nazarene swings by Beacon Hill two days later for a Thursday (Sept. 13) tilt.
From there, Suffolk turns its attention to GNAC action with a conference tri-match at Lasell with Albertus Magnus also on the schedule Saturday, Sept. 15.
The Rams remain on the road for the next two contests with visits scheduled for Salem State Wednesday, Sept. 19 and Emerson Saturday, Sept. 22.
A four-match homestand follows as Suffolk invites Rivier (Sept. 26), Colby Sawyer (Sept. 29), Mass. Maritime (Sept. 29) and Wentworth (Oct. 2) to Ridgeway.
Suffolk heads to Framingham State Thursday, Oct. 4, before venturing across town for a tri-match at Emmanuel where it will also face the University of New England Saturday, Oct. 6.
The Rams will then welcome St. Joseph (Conn.) for a midweek match Wednesday, Oct. 10, before hosting Anna Maria and Curry in a tri-match Saturday, Oct. 13.
From there, a quartet of away matches are scattered over five days as the Rams journey to Gordon (Oct. 15), Simmons (Oct. 17) and Norwich (Oct. 20) for a tri with Regis (Oct. 20).
The final week or the regular seasons sees Suffolk step out of conference play Tuesday, Oct. 23 for a tilt with Southern Maine and wrap things up on the road at Becker (Oct. 25) and Johnson & Wales (Oct. 27), where the blue-and-gold will also play Saint Joseph's (Maine) (Oct. 27).
Blanchard inherits the best Suffolk squad since 2013 as it posted 13 victories, becoming just the fourth team since 1996 to do so, while notching six league triumphs, which were the most for the since 2005. Hannah Fabiano, a third-team all-league selection, led the blue-and-gold to its first back-to-back conference playoff appearance since 2006 and looks to lead the bunch again in her sophomore season this fall. Bridget Allison and Talia Lombardo, who enter their final campaign in blue-and-gold and have been consistent contributors since arriving in Beantown three years ago, look to help the Rams make their third appearance in the league post-season.