By Framingham State athletics
FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham State University volleyball team held off a late charge by Bridgewater State University in the fourth set to defeat the Bears 3-1 Wednesday evening in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action at Framingham State.
Framingham State is now 5-1 in the Conference and 12-13 overall.
Bridgewater State Bears drop to 6-9 overall and 3-3 in the Conference
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Rams opened up a 14-7 lead in the opening frame and led 18-11 before taking the set 25-17.
- In the second the Bears jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead before the Rams came back tying the set at 13-13. A Hailey Sanders block put the Rams up 14-13, but the Bears regained a two point lead, 20-18. The Rams retied the game at 21-21 before taking the set 25-22.
- In the third, the set was tied 7-7 before the Rams used a run to open a 13-8 lead. The Rams maintained the narrow lead until the Bears tied the set on a Ram error and went ahead for good, 24-23, on a Gabryella Serrano kill. A Becca Whalen kill closed the frame for the Bears, 25-23.
- The Rams opened a big lead in the fourth 21-13 before the Bears stormed back pulling within one, 21-20, on a Sydney Rice ace. The Rams were able to close out the set, 25-23, and secure the victory in the match.
- The Rams were paced in the match by 13 kills and eight digs with two service aces from Brandee Thomas.
- Sanders finished the match with 11 kills and three blocks, while Valerie Sullivan finished with 10 kills.
- Morgan Failla recorded 30 set assists with eight digs on the night, while Anna Szymanski finished with four kills and 15 digs.
- Emily Flaherty chipped in with 10 digs and two aces, while Isabel Henwood finished with 13 digs and four aces.
- The Bears were led on the attack by a match-best 15 kills from Whalen, who added two digs and a block.
- Rice finished the match with 10 kills, six aces and four digs, while Serrano finished the day with seven kills and 14 digs.
- Victoria Caiano led all players in the match with 22 defensive digs and four assists, while Savannah Quintal finished the match with 11 digs and team best 22 assists.
UP NEXT: The Rams are back in action on Saturday when they host Fisher and Connecticut College for a tri-match at 11 a.m., while Bridgewater State hosts UMass Dartmouth on Wednesday night at 6 p.m.