Volleyball falls to Westfield in MASCAC Championship

Courtesy of fsurams.com

The Rams’ volleyball team qualified for the MASCAC Championship after their semi-final victory over the Bridgewater State Bears Nov. 7. 

FSU took the win in straight sets, shutting out the Bears for their last home game. 

Sophomore Alyssa Cafarelli said, “There were lots of great memories made throughout the season, including when Coach Casali got his 300th win. We had some amazing wins, as well as some tough losses. 

“We grew as a team, and I am excited to see what next year’s team brings to the table,” she added. 

The Rams took an early 9-3 lead in the first set, but the Bears eventually came back to trail by only three points. 

A kill by junior Brandey Rodriguez brought the score to 17-9, but Bridgewater fought back and score consecutive points of their own. 

An error by the Rams would allow the Bears to bring the score to 23-19, but a kill by freshman Hailey Sanders secured the first set victory for the Rams 25-20. 

Bridgewater looked strong at the beginning of the second set, jumping out to a 7-2 lead. An ace from sophomore Brandee Thomas allowed the Rams to tie the set 14-14, but the Bears quickly came back to take the lead by four. 

Framingham tied the score once again 18-18, and an error by the Bears would allow the Rams to take the lead for the first time during the set. 

The Rams held their lead until the end of the second, securing the set 25-19. 

Framingham took a quick 5-0 lead in the third, and never let it go. They took the set 25-18, sweeping the Bears in straight sets and advancing to the MASCAC Championship. 

Cafarelli held the back row with 18 digs for the match, while Thomas added 14 digs and led the team with 13 kills. 

Junior Morgan Failla had 10 digs for the game, and 28 set assists for the team. Sophomore Payton Hodsdon also had an impressive 11 kills.

The Rams traveled to face the first seed Westfield State Owls for the championship game Nov. 9. 

The Owls dominated the first set, quickly defeating the Rams 25-10. Framingham fought back during the second set, winning it 25-19 and forcing a fourth set. 

Westfield once again dominated in the third set, never dropping the lead and taking it 25-14. 

In the deciding fourth set, both teams fought hard for the win. The Owls were up 17-8, but had to take a time out when they allowed the Rams to add two points. 

A service ace by senior Deirdre Fay brought the score to 23-19, showing the best effort by the Rams thus far in the set.

With the score at 24-20, Framingham had the serve and the opportunity to come back. An unexpected push attack by the Owls ultimately secured the 25-20 win for the final set and Westfield’s 3-1 Championship win over the Rams. 

Cafarelli said,“We have a lot of good players returning [next year], and we will all have this year under our belts. We really want to experience winning the MASCAC, and not just making it this far.”

Cafarelli led the team in digs with 25, while Thomas totaled 14 kills for the Rams by the end of the match. 

“Our conference tournament run was thrilling making it to the MASCAC Championship game,” Cafarelli said. “Although the outcome wasn’t what we wanted, I believe this will help our team grow and work harder for next season.

“This was an unforgettable season, and we will miss our two captains, Deirdre Fay and Brenna Marquis, tremendously,” she added. 

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