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Volleyball earns two hard-fought wins

By Matt Ferris

Framingham State hosted Newbury College on Oct. 12 in a nonconference match.

The Rams got off to a good start in the first set, jumping out to an early 9-4 lead over the Nighthawks. Framingham continued the good play for the rest of the set, winning it 25-17, to take a 1-0 lead into the second.

Alexandra Fish led the surge for the Rams in the first, tallying four kills. Kelly Brinkman contributed two kills, while Brandey Rodriguez and Michaela Cronin each had one. Framingham had eight kills in the set and committed 12 errors.

The second set was more of the same for the Rams. Framingham jumped out to an early 10-3 lead in the set. Framingham would eventually go up 20-7 before closing out the set for a 25-16 victory to gain a 2-0 lead in the match.

The Rams drastically cut their errors in the second, going from 12 to just four. They also tallied 12 kills as a team. Cronin led the way with five kills in the set. Brinkman, Fish and Rodriguez all had two and Deirdre Fay had one.

Framingham continued to play well in the third set. The Rams used an 11-0 run to jump out to a 20-4 lead in the set. Framingham went on to win the third 25-12, for a 3-0 sweep against the Nighthawks.

The Rams used 14 kills in their third set victory while only committing four errors. Rodriguez led the way with four kills. Cronin and Fay were just behind her with three apiece.

Cronin led the Rams in kills for the day with nine, while Victoria Anderson had a team-high 13 digs for Framingham.

With the win, Framingham improved to 8-14 on the season.

Coming off a winless weekend, Framingham hosted Anna Maria College for a nonconference match on Oct. 16.

The Rams dominated in the first set against the Amcats, jumping out to a quick 15-0 lead. Framingham would eventually go on to win the set 25-3 to go up 1-0 in the match.

Brinkman contributed seven of the team’s 12 kills in the set. Rodriguez, Anderson, Fay and MacKenzie Whalen all added to the kill total for Framingham.

Framingham jumped out to another quick lead in the second. After a 10-4 run, the Rams went on to win the set, 25-11. The Rams finished the set with 14 kills to only Ave errors.

Rodriguez and Fay each had four kills in the set to lead the Rams. Brinkman was just behind with three, while Morgan Failla added two.

Framingham continued to roll in the third set. Starting on a 4-0 run, the Rams would eventually jump out to 20-9 lead, before ending the set 25-12, winning the match 3-0.

Fish contributed five of the 11 kills the Rams had in the set. Fay, Brinkman and Cronin were the other Rams to contribute to that number.

Brinkman led the Rams with 12 kills, Fay had a team-high 14 digs, and Whalen had 22 assists and six aces for Framingham.

The win moves the Rams to 9-16 on the season.

Framingham is sitting in a tie for third in the MASCAC with a 3-2 conference record.

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