The Rams’ volleyball team finished off their regular season with a straight-set victory over the Worcester State Lancers during their Senior Day game Nov. 2.
The team’s two seniors, Deirdre Fay and Brenna Marquis, both performed remarkably during the match.
Marquis held the back row with nine digs, while Fay put up eight kills and added eight digs.
“Winning in straight sets on Senior Day, especially against Worcester, was such a great feeling,” Marquis said. “At this point in the season, our team is on the same page, and it was awesome to see that come together on a day that celebrated me and Deirdre.”
Framingham took off early, going up 5-1 at the beginning of the first set.
The Lancers came back to tie the score at 10-10, but quickly lost their momentum and allowed the Rams to respond with nine unanswered points.
Framingham clutched the first set 25-15.
They kept their energy alive in the second set, jumping out to an early 7-2 lead over the Lancers.
The Rams extended their lead by nine points before eventually securing the second set 25-15 once again.
The third set was much of the same, with the Rams jumping out to an early lead over Worcester.
They continued their momentum until the very end when they took the final set 25-17, beating the Lancers in straight sets and ending their regular season on a high note.
Fay said, “To finish our regular season winning straight sets definitely ignites a feeling of both pride and excitement.
“Considering the growth this team has accomplished as the season progressed, we are eager for the playoffs after seeing what we are capable of when it comes to playing teams in the MASCAC,” Fay said.
Sophomore Brandee Thomas led the team in kills with 10, and junior Morgan Failla made all 39 set assists for the Rams in the match. Sophomore Alyssa Cafarelli matched Marquis with nine digs for the game.
Fay said, “We are lucky to have made it to the playoffs each year … and we are extremely hopeful to make it to the final Championship this season. We know how hard each girl on this team works.
“Our coaches know how to prepare us mentally and physically and are just as hungry as the team is to win another championship,” she said.
As their last season playing for FSU comes to a close, Marquis and Fay shared how much the sport has meant to them.
Marquis said, “It still doesn’t feel real that my time as an athlete for Framingham State is coming to an end. I want to thank all my teammates I’ve had through my four years who have taught me more than volleyball ever could alone.
“I want to thank Coach Casali for his admirable dedication and the effort he puts in to making this team the best we can be, and for taking a chance on me. I want to thank Coach Chelle and Coach Brian, who have encouraged me and supported me throughout my time here.
“Lastly, I want to thank Deirdre for sticking by my side through these four years, I could not have done this without her,” Marquis said.
Fay said, “I truly do not think I could have asked for a better person to have experienced each moment of FSU volleyball with than Brenna. Lots of jokes, lots of roasts , lots of sweat – but what I am most thankful for is lots of memories.
“Coach Casali, Chelle, and Brian have given Brenna and me so much knowledge through these years that will be invaluable to our futures. My teammates, both past and present, have made me who I am today, which I appreciate in more words than I can describe,” Fay said.
The Rams ended their regular season with a record of 17-11 overall and 6-1 in the MASCAC. They are currently ranked as the No. 2 seed for the championship.
Marquis said, “This is a big week. We have worked so hard this season and we know what it takes to win. I am so excited to play and show the conference just how much we’ve grown as a team in this season alone.”
Fay exclaimed, “The season is not over yet, and I can’t wait to see us rock each and every minute. Roll Rams!”
Their first playoff game will be played at home against Bridgewater State Nov. 7.