SALEM, Mass. – Brandee Thomas (North Kingstown, R.I.) had 12 kills and recorded seven digs as Framingham State raced past Salem State 3-0 in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) matchup at Twohig Gymnasium on Wednesday evening. The Rams won by scores of 25-15, 25-22 and 25-20 to improve to 15-10 on the year and 5-1 in conference. The Vikings slide to 1-17 overall and 1-5 in conference.
Neither side hit well in the first set, but an 8-3 run by Framingham State broke open a tight match and gave the Rams a 20-13 lead. Kills from Thomas and Payton Hodsdon (Somersworth, N.H.) and a host of Salem State errors contributed to the run. Another kill by Hodson brought Framingham State to within a point of victory before an attack error by Salem State gave the Rams a 25-15 win.
The Rams held off Salem State for a three-point win in set two (25-22) and rallied from a 3-0 deficit in set three to overcome a fast start by Salem State. Three straight attack errors accounted for the first three Vikings' points. With the set tied 10-all, Alyssa Cafarelli (Peoria, Ariz.) set up three straight points off the serve, assisted by two kills from Brandey Rodriguez (Lawrence, Mass.). Salem State battled back and pulled to within a point (13-12) on a kill from Darcy McDowell (Goshe, N.Y.). However, six straight points off the serve of Morgan Failla (Providence, R.I) helped the Rams build a 20-12 lead. Despite hitting just .034 for the set with 10 errors on 29 attempts, Framingham State pulled away to win 25-20.
Hailey Sanders (Franklin, Mass.) had 10 kills and Rodriguez added nine for Framingham State. Faila finished with 30 assists while Cafarelli had a game-high 27 digs.