Volleyball backed by Cafarelli’s 27 digs in win against Salem State

Framingham volleyball faced off against the Salem State Vikings on the road Oct. 23. 

The first set of the match was tight until the Rams led 13-12. 

Framingham then went on a 12-3 run to take the set 25-15. 

Sophomore Alyssa Cafarelli said, “Having that 12-3 run in the first set definitely helped our play for the rest of the night. We started off slow and traded points back and forth with Salem for quite a while.”

The second set was close again, as there were eight lead changes before Framingham made it nine when the score became 8-7 Rams.  

Framingham took the lead for a short while until the Vikings tied the game at 14.

After that, the Rams reached a 23-21 lead, and then scored two of the last three points to claim the second set. 

Salem led in the third set early, 12-10, but Framingham scored four straight to take the 14-12 lead. 

The Rams stretched their lead further before the Vikings tied the game 18-18. 

Framingham then scored seven of the game’s last nine points to take the third set 25-20 and win the match 3-0. 

“Missing one of our key players, Deirdre Fay, others stepped up on the court to fill the vacancy,” Cafarelli said. “Once we clicked, we played to our potential and it helped carry us to a conference win.”

Brandee Thomas led the team in kills with 12, while Brandey Rodriguez followed her with nine. 

Setter Morgan Failla came away with an impressive 30 set assists. 

“Morgan is an extremely important player on our team. She continues to work hard to improve her game,” Cafarelli said. “She is always motivating other players and knows how to put a smile on your face. Without Morgan, it would be hard to run the offense we are able to run.”

Cafarelli led the game in digs with 27, and in service aces with four. 

She now has nine aces over the last three games. 

“Serving is another aspect of the game, and I concentrate on placing the ball in the spot that Coach Chelle calls,” Cafarelli said. 

Framingham is now 15-10 on the season. 

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