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Volleyball drops close matchup against Worcester

Adrien Gobin / THE GATEPOST

By Adam Levine

Sports Editor

The Rams lost to the Worcester State University Lancers 3-2 Oct. 25.

Framingham now holds an overall record of 15-9 and a MASCAC record of 3-3. The Rams rank fourth among the eight teams in the MASCAC.

After winning the first two sets, the Rams lost the final three.

Framingham’s Hailey Sanders said, “We definitely learned that we have to keep our energy up.

“We’re still trying to figure out our lineup, but all the girls are coming in and doing a great job as best they can,” she added.

Framingham’s Anna Szymanski said, “I think we definitely learned that at the end, we have to keep strong and we have to come together as a team.

“We’re a young team, so we're still trying to work out those little errors and come together,” she added.

The Rams dominated the first set 25-19, only trailing to the Lancers after giving up the opening point.

The Lancers began the second set strong.

They took an abrupt 7-0 lead until a service error gave the Rams a point.

Worcester maintained their lead until they led 20-13.

The momentum shifted and the Rams closed out the set, outscoring the Lancers 12-3. The Rams won the second set 25-23.

The third set was closer than the opening two.

Framingham’s largest lead of the set was four points, with a score of 19-15.

The Lancers continued to inch back into the set and eventually tied it 25-25. They scored two final points to win the set 27-25.

The fourth set was just as close as the third.

The Rams nearly secured the win, leading the Lancers 24-22.

Worcester scored four consecutive points and closed out the fourth set 26-24.

After coming from behind down two sets, the Lancers commanded the final set.

Framingham scored the first two points, but Worcester answered quickly with five of their own.

The Rams trailed just 7-5 before the Lancers closed out the final set.

Worcester outscored Framingham 8-3 and won the final set 15-8.

Framingham’s Stella Bailey said, “We learned that we need to dig in. We need to find a way to win these games.

“We keep losing these games where we need to just dig in and win. The big games really matter. For some reason, we haven't been able to figure it out quite yet,” she added.

Framingham travels to Regis College for two nonconference matchups against Norwich University and Regis Oct. 28.

Bailey said, “I believe that by the time playoffs come around, we will have it done.

“I feel incredibly confident in my team. I always have. I felt confident coming in today. I feel confident for our next games in the future.

“I believe that we'll be able to win MASCAC no matter what,” she added.



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