By Danielle Achin
FRAMINGHAM – On home court, the Keefe Tech Broncos fell 3-2 to the Southbridge Pioneers on their senior night yesterday, October 14.
Before the game, head coach Matthew Warren acknowledged and thanked his four dedicated seniors on the team – Kaisha Perez, Santa Silva, and Captain Schlonande Gelin.
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The first set opened with a 4-4 tie before Southbridge used a 10-1 run taking the 15-4 lead.
The Broncos closed the gap to five points, 16-21, but Southbridge managed to hold them off taking the 2-17 set and 1-0 lead.
In the second, both teams traded off points fighting for the lead score.
After tying the match 7-7, the Broncos opened a 17-12 lead before Southbridge called for a timeout.
Keefe Tech rallied for five straight points before Southbridge pulled within two at 22-20. The frame closed with the Broncos taking the 25-23 score with a spike and tying the game 1-1.
In the third, the Pioneers quickly jumped out to a 12-3 lead. Southbridge closed the frame 25-9 and took the 2-1 lead.
The fourth set opened with both teams once again trading off points before tying at 8-8. The Pioneers took the leading score but the Broncos remained close behind.
With errors Southbridge couldn’t afford to make, Keefe Tech closed the close set 25-22 and tied the game 2-2.
The final set opened with a 6-2 score led by Southbridge. The Pioneers took the lead for the remainder of the frame before taking the set 15-9 and the 3-2 victory.
Despite the frustrating loss, Keefe Tech proved themselves worthy opponents on the court.
Broncos Sally Ames commented on her team’s stamina throughout the game.
“Even when we were not doing well we were able to come together after every play and still have fun,” she said, “We were able to honor our seniors and just have a lot of fun which I thought was such a positive experience.”
Ames said the main focus for upcoming practices gearing up for Monday’s game is working on “basic skills” and “the tiny things” to bring it all together.
Coach Warren said although the Broncos record is 1-14, the greatest accomplishment from the team is their ability to keep fighting and stick together.
“The biggest emphasis this season has been learning how to play together and believe in each other and think positive,” he said.
The Broncos are back on the court on Monday, October 17, when they host against Oxford High School starting at 3:30 p.m.
Danielle Achin is a fall 2022 SOURCE intern. She is a senior English major with a concentration in journalism and a minor in psychology at Framingham State University. Danielle has been an athlete since she started gymnastics at age 4. She joined the Framingham State cheerleading team freshman year and recently won the 2022 National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) National Championship for the first time in Framingham State history. She is also one of the Sports editors for Framingham State’s student newspaper The Gatepost.