By Framingham State athletics
FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham State University volleyball team dropped a five set thriller 3-2 to Westfield State University Saturday evening, September 25, in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action at the Athletic Center.
Framingham State is now 6-6 overall and 1-1 in the Conference.
Westfield State is now 2-12 overall.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Rams trailed 16-14 in the first but closed the frame scoring 11 of the final 12 points to take the opening set 25-17.
- The marathon second saw the Rams open a 14-5 lead, but the Owls battled back pulling within one, 19-18. The Rams pushed the lead back to four, 24-20, but the Owls would not go away tying the frame at 24-24. The two teams went back and forth trading points until the Owls closed the set with a pair of kills for the 33-31 advantage.
- The Rams opened an 8-1 lead in the third, but the Owls battled back tying the frame at 17-17. The Rams went back on top 20-18 before taking the set 25-21 for the 2-1 lead.
- In the fourth, the set was tied 9-9 before Westfield State used a run to take a 20-13 lead before closing the set 25-18.
- In the deciding set, the Owls opened up an 8-4, but the Rams closed the gap to one on a pair of occasions including 10-9. The Owls used a 5-1 run to close the set and secure the victory in the match.
- The Owls were paced on the attack by 16 kills apiece from Bridgette McAndrews and Ashley Crowley. McAndrews filled the stat sheet with 14 digs and two aces, while Crowley added eight digs.
- Shawna Crowley recorded a double double of her own with 12 kills and 16 digs, while Jess Haradon led all Owls with 28 defensive digs.
- The Rams were paced on the attack by sophomore Hailey Sanders. (Pictured) Sanders recorded 17 kills with four blocks, while freshman Valerie Sullivan added 14 kills.
- Isabel Henwood paced the defensive effort with 24 digs and two aces, while Morgan Failla finished the match with 36 assists and five aces.
- Brandee Thomas finished the match with a double double of 10 kills and 16 digs, while Hayley Gaskin finished with 15 digs, 12 assists and three aces.
UP NEXT: The Rams are back in action Wednesday night when they travel to Mass. Maritime for a MASCAC match beginning at 7.