By Matt Ferris
Framingham State opened up its season traveling to Roger Williams University to take on the Hawks.
The Rams got off to a shaky start losing the first set by a score of 25-17. Framingham had five kills to seven errors in the set.
Kelly Brinkman led the Rams with two kills, while Victoria Anderson, Breanna Marquis and Bianca DeSousa also all registered one kill for Framingham.
Framingham picked up its play in the second set, but it wasn’t enough, as they dropped the second set by a score of 26-24. Roger Williams closed out the set on a 7-0 run. The second set was much better for the Rams, as they picked up 11 kills to only six errors.
Deirdre Fay led the Rams with four kills in the set. Just behind her was Casie Thurber, who had three kills. Michaela Cronin and DeSousa each had two kills.
Roger Williams was able to close out the Rams in the third set, winning 25-22, to take the 3-0 sweep. The Rams again had more errors in the last set than they had kills. They tallied 11 errors to only six kills.
Framingham led in the third set, 22-13, before a 13-0 run gave the Hawks the 25-22 victory. The Rams were led by Brinkman and Fay, who each had two kills in the set. Anderson and Cronin each added one more kill for Framingham.
Fay led the way for the Rams with a total of six kills on the day. She also contributed 11 digs, good for second best on the team. Brinkman trailed her by just two, as she registered four kills. Anderson led the team in digs with 13. The loss drops the Rams to 0-1 on the season.
After losing five of its first six games, Framingham turned it around, beating MCLA 3-2 to pick up its second win. The Rams looked to carry this momentum over as they hosted Elms College in a nonconference match.
Framingham opened the match, winning the first set 25-20. The Rams won the last seven points of the set.
Five different players for the Rams picked up kills in the set. Cronin led with three kills, while Brinkman, Thurber and Abbie Badgett each had two kills. Grace Caughey also had a kill.
The Rams dominated the second set 25-14, winning by 11 points. Framingham had 13 kills in the set to only five errors.
Framingham jumped out to an early 5-0 start in the set. Brinkman and Thurber each had four kills in the set to lead the Rams. Cronin contributed two kills and Badgett, Caughey and Mackenzie Whalen all had one kill.
The Rams closed out the match winning the last set 25-17, to win the match 3-0.
Framingham had 10 kills in the set, and only had two errors. The Rams again jumped out of the gates early, starting the set on a 5-0 run.
Brinkman, Cronin and Badgett all had three kills in the final set, while Thurber added the other.
Brinkman led the Rams on the day with nine kills, Cronin was right behind her with eight kills and Thurber with seven. Whalen and Anderson led the team in digs. Whalen had 12, while Anderson had nine. The win moves the Rams to 3-5 on the season.