BOSTON, Mass. – After splitting the first two sets, a few key points swung the volleyball match between Becker College and Suffolk University. The Rams prevailed, 3-1 (25-15, 26-28, 25-21, 25-19), on Tuesday (September 29) at the Regan Gymnasium.
The Hawks fell to 6-7 while Suffolk improved to 4-9.
Solid defense by both teams limited offensive production as Suffolk held a .076 to -.026 advantage in hitting percentage. The Rams also had more aces (17-to-10) and digs (70-to-66) with both teams recording 10 blocks.
Leading Becker offensively was junior Marissa Turner (Coventry, R.I.) with six kills to go along with eight digs and three blocks. Freshman Kayla Dupree (North Bergen, N.J.) tied a season-high with 13 digs while notching five kills and five blocks. Setter Charlene Landry (Gorham, Maine) led all players with 21 assists and libero Brittney Bullis (Stafford, Va.) had a team-high 17 kills.
Talia Lombardo recorded a double-double for Suffolk with match highs of 10 kills and 22 digs.
An 8-0 run turned a 9-9 first set into an easy victory for the Rams. The second stanza appeared to be going the same way when Suffolk went on a 10-3 run to claim a 23-19 advantage. Becker fought off four set points before kills by Dupree and senior Samantha Caouette (Montague, Mass.) secured the set for the Hawks.
Becker found itself down early in the third set and clawed back to get within a point twice, including 22-21. Unfortunately, back-to-back errors gave the Rams the set. The Hawks fought back from an 11-4 deficit in the fourth set, but couldn't force a fifth and deciding set.
The Hawks play their New England Collegiate Conference opener on Saturday (October 3) when they travel to Elms for an 11 a.m. contest.