Volleyball sinks Mass. Maritime in straight sets

Framingham State volleyball took on the Mass. Maritime Buccaneers in an away game Oct. 2. 

The Rams opened up the scoring for the game with a kill by Hailey Sanders.

From there, the Rams and the Buccaneers traded off points until they reached a 7-7 tie.

Framingham went on an 18-6 run and took the first set 25-13.

The second set was controlled by Mass Maritime until they reached 12 points.

Once the Buccaneers got to 12, the Rams scored four straight points and tied the game. 

The Rams scored two more points to take a 14-12 lead. 

The two teams took turns scoring until the end when Framingham held onto their lead, winning 25-20. 

Sanders played a huge part in the second set, as she contributed four kills and two set assists. 

Coach Richard Casali said, “Hailey has been able to work on her timing with setters at practice and today showed the dividends. Hopefully she has turned a corner and can lead us throughout our league schedule.”

In the third set, both teams kept the game close until they reached a 12-12 tie.

Framingham went on a 13-3 run, including four straight points to end the game.

Sanders finished the game just as it started by collecting a kill. 

Brandee Thomas dominated the final set, putting up five kills. 

“Brandee got off to a slow start going 0-3 on kills,” Casali said. “At that point, she decided to take over the game, and she has the ability to do that.”

Sanders and Thomas both led the game in kills with 10.

Freshman Emily Flaherty added 14 set assists and 12 digs. 

“Emily is learning every day and still has much to learn. She has been doing a great job in retaining information and using it in matches,” Casali said. “Her defense has been strong, and that will help her to be the player that she can be.”

Both Sanders and Flaherty stuffed the stat sheet in this match, as they and other freshmen have done all season. 

“The freshmen have all been working very hard to get up to speed. They have all made freshman mistakes this season,” Casali said. “Our hope is that they will continue to improve as well as cut down on the errors. So far, so good.”

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