PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Suffolk volleyball saw its standout, historic 2019 campaign close Thursday night as the fourth-seeded Rams fell to top-ranked, No. 21 Johnson & Wales in straight sets in the GNAC Semifinals at the Wildcat Center. The season-ended sweep came by set scores 25-9, 25-10 and 25-17.
SCORE: Suffolk 0 | No. 21 Johnson & Wales 3
RECORDS: Suffolk (21-11) | No. 21 Johnson & Wales (25-5)
SET ONE RECAP (25-9, NO. 21 JOHNSON & WALES)
- The score was lopsided early, 10-3, in the Wildcats favor.
- JWU continued to pile up the points, going up by 15-7, before sealing the set on a 7-0 run.
SET TWO RECAP (25-10, NO. 21 JOHNSON & WALES)
- Suffolk trailed 10-3 for a second straight stanza.
- The hosts surged ahead 19-6.
- The Rams rallied a 4-1 spurt together to slice the deficit in half, 20-10.
- Johnson & Wales scored the next five points to take the frame, 25-10.
SET THREE RECAP (25-17, NO. 21 JOHNSON & WALES)
- It was a back-and-forth opening with four tied scores and three lead swaps that had Suffolk in front, 6-4.
- The see-saw affair continued until the Wildcats broke a 9-all tie with five unanswered points to swing momentum in their favor, 14-9.
- Suffolk attempted to catch up, but another scoring rally by the nationally ranked foes pushed the distance to 18-11.
- The blue-and-gold managed to pull back within five, 20-15, but was kept there as JWU matched point-for-point with the visitors to lock up the sweep.
- Hannah Fabiano and Kayla Barbera anchored Suffolk's attack with six kills each. The former added a pair of digs, while the latter chipped in six digs, two assists and one ace.
- Stephanie Rheaume notched five kills, one handout and one dig.
- Harmony Johnson set-up the offense with 15 helpers to go along with two digs.
- Dakhensey Marcellus paced the defense with 15 digs.
- Kenzley Bell had an all-around outing with five assists, five digs, two kills and one ace.
- Suffolk competed in its second GNAC semifinal, first as the field's fourth seed.
- Both of the Rams' semifinal showdowns have come against Johnson & Wales.