Coach Richard Casali earns his 300th career win

The Rams volleyball team faced off against the MCLA Trailblazers Oct. 15 on the road and collected their 13th win of the season. 

While they were at it, the team also earned Coach Richard Casali his 300th career win, making him the all-time leader in wins among volleyball coaches in FSU history. 

The game opened with the Trailblazers grabbing the first set 25-23, and then ceding the second set to the Rams 25-20. 

The third set was controlled by both teams, until the Rams led 12-9 and scored four straight points and 13 of the last 18 points either team scored to win the set 25-14. 

MCLA took an early 10-4 lead in the fourth set and scored 15 of the last 25 points, tying the game with a 25-14 win. 

Both teams pulled back and forth in the final set until Framingham stretched their lead to 12-6.

With the Rams only needing three more points to secure the victory, they gave up three-straight to MCLA off errors, but bounced back with two-straight of their own to pull within one. 

After the Trailblazers added in a point, freshman Hailey Sanders finished the game off with a kill, giving Framingham the 3-2 win.

Alyssa Cafarelli led the team in digs with a whopping 28. 

She now averages 4.62 digs per set on the season, which is second in the MASCAC Conference. She also sits in second for total digs with 365. 

Cafarelli said, “With everyone doing their jobs, it gives me the opportunity to do my job. I enjoy working with this team and can’t wait to see what the rest of the season has in store for us.”

Brandee Thomas, once again this season, led the team in kills, as she came away with 15.

Thomas is second in the MASCAC for kills per set with 3.14 and for total kills with 207. 

“Brandee is one of our strongest hitters on the team and we know we can trust her in tough situations,” Cafarelli said. “She is smart with her placement of the ball and will put the ball over the net in critical situations.”

After the win, the team gathered with their coach to celebrate his 300th career victory with a photo of him holding a banner to honor the achievement. 

Thomas said, “It was awesome to see Coach get his 300th win. He didn’t expect us to show up with a banner and was so thrilled when we did.”

Cafarelli said, “Being involved in Coach Casali’s 300th career win is a memory I will never forget. Before the game, we knew there was potential for this to happen, but the most important goal was to play our game and get a conference win.

“Coach Casali is always working his hardest to make our team be the best we can possibly be. He continuously makes us laugh, but at the same time, always pushes us to improve our play day by day. None of our success would happen without all his determination and motivation,” she said.

Framingham looks to carry the momentum from this win into Conference play against Fitchburg State Oct. 19 at home. 

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