By Framingham State athletics
WESTFIELD – The Framingham State University volleyball team was defeated 3-2 Saturday, afternoon by Westfield State University in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference action at the Woodward Center in Westfield.
Game scores 16-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-23, and 15-10
With the loss Framingham State falls to 16-14 overall and 4-3 in the Conference.
With the win, the Owls improve to 5-2 in the Conference and 5-18 overall.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Rams took the opening set 25-16 before Westfield narrowly took the second 25-23. The Rams rebounded in the third frame taking it 25-19, before Westfield once again came back and took the fourth 25-23 setting up a decisive fifth set.
- In the fifth, the game was tied 4-4 before the Owls rattled off three straight points including a pair of kills from Ashley Crowley to take a 7-4 lead. The Owls pushed the lead to 10-5, but the Rams closed the game to 13-10 on a kill from freshman Brandee Thomas. The Owls would close out the match with two straight points to seal the five set victory.
- With the victory, the Owls secure the third seed in the upcoming MASCAC Tournament, while the Rams will be the fourth seed.
- The Rams were paced by 13 kills apiece from Thomas and sophomore Brandey Rodriguez (pictured). Rodriguez also added four digs and three blocks.
- Junior Deirdre Fay chipped in with 23 defensive digs and eight kills, while senior Mackenzie Whalen finished with 43 set assists and nine digs.
- Freshman Alyssa Cafarelli added 25 digs, while sophomore Grace Caugheyadded nine kills and 18 digs.
- The Owls were led by 19 kills and nine digs from Brianna Starkey, while Crowley finished the match with 19 kills and nine digs with two blocks.
- Jess Haradon paced the defensive effort for the Owls with a team-best 21 digs, while Ally Rega added 17 and 36 set assists.
- Madison Coleman chipped in with 15 digs, while Ainsley MacLeod added seven kills and five digs.
Both teams will be back in action next week in the 2018 MASCAC Volleyball Championship Tournament and will host quarterfinal matches on Tuesday night.
Photo courtesy of Framingham State athletics