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Bears Race Past Falcons in MASCAC Clash

Bears Race Past Falcons in MASCAC Clash


Guzman collects game best 22 digs

Fitchburg, Mass.– The Fitchburg State women's volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to the Bears of Bridgewater State this evening at the Parkinson Gymnasium in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action.

The Falcons donned pink pre-game warm-ups for their annual Dig Pink Night for breast cancer awareness.

The Basics
Score: Fitchburg State 0, Bridgewater State 3 (19-25, 21-25, 17-25)
Records: Fitchburg State (3-13, 1-3 MASCAC) | Bridgewater State (7-10, 3-2 MASCAC)
Set One
In the opening set, Bridgewater State took a 4-1 advantage on a kill from sophomore Becca Whalen (Plymouth, Mass.). Fitchburg State battled back to knot the score 9-9 with a kill from sophomore Leah Sheehan (Billerica, Mass.). Leading 19-17, the Bears reeled off six of the next eight points to take the first set (25-19) with a kill from junior Sydney Rice (Medway, Mass.).

Set Two 
In the second set, the Green and Gold, grabbed a 6-4 edge on a pair of defensive miscues from the visitors. The Falcons extended their lead (14-11) when junior Lauren Riccardi (Tewksbury, Mass.) connected on a kill. However, the Bears answered and a pair of points on the serve from senior Shannon Grindle (Halifax, Mass.) to take a 20-17 lead. A service ace from freshman Victoria Caiano (New Bedford, Mass.) closed out the 25-21 set two victory.

Set Three
In the final set, Bridgewater raced out to a 7-3 advantage on a pair of service aces from Caiano. Following a kill from Riccardi the hosts cut the deficit to 14-13. The Bears went on a 4-0 run to push the lead to 23-17 and closed out the match with a kill from Rice, resulting in the 25-19 third set final.

Inside the Numbers

  • Fitchburg State was paced by sophomore Chloe Guzman (Pawtucket, Conn.) with a game-best 22 digs, while Riccardi finished with 8 kills, and two digs. Sheehan was also solid for the Falcons, collecting four kills, one service ace, one block and three digs.
  • For Bridgewater, junior Casey Holmes (Norton, Mass.) registered a team-leading 14 digs and a game-high 31 assists, while junior Abigail Gardner (Holden, Mass.) chipped in with 7 kills, 6 digs and one service ace.

Up Next 
Falcons will travel to Framingham State on Saturday for a tri-match with the Rams and Curry College. First serve slated for noon. Bridgewater will face Bates on Friday, October 18th in opening day action of the Hall of Fame Tournament at Amherst College.