PAXTON, Mass.—The Anna Maria College volleyball tandem of Amari King (Lawrence, Mass.) andRebecca Foti (Bedford, N.H.) teamed up for 32 of the AMCATS' 43 kills in the team's 3-0 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) win over Suffolk University on Wednesday evening. Set scores were 25-21, 25-16, and 25-18.
With the win, Anna Maria improves to 15-10 overall and 4-3 in GNAC action, while Suffolk falls to 9-11 overall and 2-5 in league play.
King totaled 17 kills and 10 digs for her 13th double-double of the season and hit at .467 on the day. Foti was the only other AMCAT in double-figures in kills, checking in with 15.
The Rams were paced by Talia Lombardo (Windham, N.H.) with nine kills and a match-high 12 digs. Suffolk made their biggest impact at the net, where they totaled five team blocks. Jane Buckley (Plaistow, N.H.) finished with two solo blocks and two assisted blocks.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The AMCATS had to battle back in the first set, as Suffolk controlled the early points. Anna Maria did not take over until freshman Alyssa Goulet (Lawrence, Mass.) served three-straight service aces and received a kill from Ashley Blair (Brooklyn, N.Y.) for a 14-10 lead midway though. The Rams cut the lead to one at 19-18, but Anna Maria held on for the 25-21 victory.
Anna Maria used a 17-kill performance with a .455 hitting efficiency to dominate the second set. The third set saw neither team lead by more than two points until Anna Maria took a three-point lead at 15-12, which was part of a five-point run. The AMCATS held their opponents to just six more points after that en route to the 25-18 win.
The win marks the third in-a-row in the all-time series between the two schools. The AMCATS have taken the last three matches by 3-0 scores. Prior to that, the Rams had won the previous four.
The AMCATS will host St. Joseph's College and Albertus Magnus on Saturday in a GNAC tri-match. Game times are 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. Anna Maria will honor lone senior Demi Carrero (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) prior to the 2:00 p.m. game.