By Framingham State athletics
FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham State volleyball team opened the 2022 season with a come from behind 3-1 victory over the University of St. Joseph’s (CT) this evening at Logan Gymnasium.
Framingham State 3, St Joe’s (Conn.) 1 (22-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-13
Framingham State is now 1-0 on the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Blue Jays came out on top in the opening set after back-and-forth play early in the set, tied at 18 the visitors rallied off a 6-0 run to take a 13-17 lead capped by a Shannon Carey kill. The Rams rallied back to make it 24-22 but Peyton Greger found the floor to cap the 1st game.
In the second the Rams would jump out to a 13-8 lead which the Blue Jays would shrink to 17-14 but the Rams would go on a 6-1 capped by a Hailey Sanders kill and would finish of the set 25-19.
In the third the Rams scored first and never trailed holding a 16-14 lead and rattled off a 9-3 scoring the last four points of the set to take a 2-1 lead.
The hosts jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the fourth and never looked back as they captured the final set 25-13 to earn their first win of the season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
The Rams were led by 12 kills from Anna Szymanski who also added two service aces and 17 defensive digs.
Hailey Sanders chipped in with 10 kills on 19 attempts and added three solo blocks, while Kiana Jones chipped in with nine kills.
Malia Shields led the back row with 15 defensive digs and three service aces, while Emily Flaherty chipped in with 10 digs.
St. Joe’s was led by 16 kills from Shannon Carey who added three digs.
Greger chipped in with a team-best 15 defensive digs and four service aces, while Natalia Rabassa added 14 digs.
The Rams return to the court on Saturday, September 3, when they play Dean College and Lesley University in a tri-match starting at 11 a.m. The Bluejays will host Mount Holyoke and Eastern Connecticut on the same day.