Women’s Volleyball Making A Statement With Two Consecutive Victories
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The Suffolk Women’s volleyball team is creating a buzz after beating their opponents in the past two games. The Rams swept both Anna Maria and Castleton State on Saturday in Tri-Match. This means that in Suffolk’s past three games they have beaten all their opponents in three sets. The two wins from this weekend improve the Ram’s record to 7-6, and are above .500 for the first time this season. The Rams three-game winning streak shows that they are a dangerous team right now, and although underdogs, have a shot to compete against the best teams in the GNAC.
In the first of two games Saturday at Anna Maria, the Rams made easy work of Castleton, winning 3-0. The rising star of the team, sophomore Tori Brillaud, led the team in kills with 11 total. Brillaud also led in digs with 10. One of the Lady Rams’ captains, Maggie Hillman, had a strong first game of the season getting nine kills in her returning game.
Although Anna Maria is 1-10 on the season, it is still important for the Rams to win GNAC conference games to help them get in better position by the end of the season. Brillaud led the team in 12 kills. Captain Colbey Kennedy managed eight digs and two service aces on the game. Hannah Davis had three blocks against Anna Maria, leading the team.
The keys to victory for the Lady Rams are all on them, not how their opponent plays, but how well they play. They need a balanced effort by all their starters, meaning that they can’t rely on Brillaud getting all the kills, but having players like Hillman and Davis averaging eight to nine kills per game. The downside to the team right now, even though they won straight sets in the past two games is that there was only one out of six sets in two games they won by more than four points. Now, this might not sound like a bad thing, but it shows that even though the Lady Rams have a strong attack, they could still work on marking up more digs on the floor.
The season at the halfway point just about, and the Lady Rams are right in the middle of the conference standings. The Lady Rams need to start winning all their conference games in order to make this season worth it, because if you can’t compete with the teams in your own conference, it will be a rough postseason if they can make it. Suffolk plays against Mount Ida in a late game Tuesday, then head off to Babson Thursday as they try to keep their win-streak alive.