Providence, R.I.—Freshman middle hitter Angelly Polanco (Providence, RI) led the way for the Anchorwomen defense with seven blocks and contributed seven kills offensively as the Rhode Island College women's volleyball team defeated Suffolk, 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-17), in their home finale at the Murray Center on Tuesday night.
Rhode Island College 3, Suffolk University 0
Rhode Island College (8-16)
Suffolk University (18-9)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• The first set began with both teams exchanging points. The Anchorwomen gained a 5-1 lead before the Rams came back to even the score, 8-8. The hosts then went on a 6-0 run to take a 14-8 lead. The lead did not last long as Suffolk went on its own run to come within a point, 14-13. RIC stood tall on defense for the rest of the set and eventually closed the Rams out to win by a trio of points, 25-22. Sophomore outside hitter Amelia Murphy (North Attleboro, MA) led the charge with five kills for the Anchorwomen.
• In the second set, both teams failed to gain momentum. The lead shifted sides every other point, as the largest lead was five points, 9-4, by the hosts. The Anchorwomen proved to be too much for the Rams as they captured the second set, 25-22, to a 2-0 advantage in the contest. Polanco added three kills and three blocks in the set.
• The third set was back and forth, as the score was tied on six occasions. Following a timeout called by Suffolk, the Anchorwomen were able to build momentum and take their largest lead, 22-15. The Rams called timeout to slow down the Anchorwomen trailing by six, 22-16, but it was ineffective as the hosts came out of the timeout and captured the set by eight, 25-17, to secure the 3-0 victory.
• Junior libero Samantha Borges (Swansea, MA) led the match with 15 digs. Senior setter Jacqueline Jutras (Foster, RI) recorded a double-double with a match-high 27 assists and 10 digs. Murphy recorded a double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs.
• Suffolk freshman setter Harmony Johnson (Riverside, CA) led the team with 25 assists. Junior outside hitter Hannah Fabiano (Litchfield, NH) led the team with 10 kills and registered seven digs. Junior libero Dakhensey Marcellus (Brockton, MA) posted a team-high 12 digs.
BY THE NUMBERS
• RIC hit .184 (33-14-102), while Suffolk hit .073 (32-23-123)
• RIC held the advantage in kills, 33-32. Suffolk led the match in digs, 49-47.
• RIC led in blocks 9-4.
• In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will close out the 2019 season at Emmanuel on Thursday, Oct. 31 (7 p.m.).