By Matt Ferris
The Rams hosted Western New England University in a non-conference match on September 16.
Framingham State looked to carry its momentum over into this, coming in on a two-match win streak.
The Golden Bears came out in the first set winning 12 of the first 15 points, jumping out to a 12-3 lead. They continued their dominance, closing out the set 13-7, to take the first set 25-10.
The Rams struggled in the first set, only collecting four kills. They also committed four unforced errors in the set. Kelly Brinkman contributed two kills for the Rams, while Michaela Cronin and Brandey Rodriguez each had one.
The second set was more of the same for the Rams. Framingham held its own in the beginning of the second set, but Western New England closed out the set on a 15-7 run to take the second 25-15.
Framingham had seven kills in the second, while committing seven errors. The Rams had five different players contribute a kill. Brinkman and Rodriguez each had two kills to lead the way, while Casie Thurber, Deirdre Fay and Cronin all had one.
The Rams jumped out to a quick 5-2 lead in the third set. The Golden Bears closed the lead in a hurry, winning 11 of the next 17 points to get a 13-11 lead midway through the set.
After much back-and-forth play, Western New England closed out the set on a 7-0 run to take the match three sets to zero.
The Rams tallied 11 kills to only four errors in the final set. Brinkman and Cronin each had three kills in the final set, while Grace Caughey had two, Abbie Badgett, Alexandra Fish and Rodriguez all contributed one kill.
Brinkman led the way for the Rams on the day with seven kills, while Cronin chipped in five. Victoria Anderson contributed 10 digs for the Rams.
Framingham State hosted Colby-Sawyer College in the second half of a doubleheader on September 16.
The Rams jumped out to a good start in the first set winning 13 of the first 19 points. The Chargers surged back, eventually tying the score at 22-22. Framingham would close out the set, winning 26-24.
Framingham totaled 12 kills in the first set, while also contributing nine errors. Brinkman, Caughey, Cronin and Rodriguez all had three kills apiece.
The next three sets would go 25-15, 25-18, and 25-21 all in favor of Colby-Sawyer to earn a 3-1 victory over Framingham.
After 13 kills in the first set, the Rams were only able to muster up 13 kills in the next three sets
combined. Framingham committed more errors, 28, then they had kills, 25.
Cronin led the team in kills for the Rams with five. Caughey and Rodriguez were just behind her with four kills apiece. Anderson led the team with 19 digs, while Fay was second with seven.
With back-to-back losses, the Rams drop to 3-7 on the season and are 1-0 in the MASCAC.