BY JASON POMBO // OCT. 28, 2016 //
A trio of senior Colonels played their last regular season game in the confines of the Eleanor Meyerhoff Katz Gymnasium Thursday night, as they hosted non-conference Framingham State.
Alyssa Keeney, from Coventry Conn., Makayla Hughes, originally from Franklin, N.H., and Nicole Grambley of North Attleboro, Mass. were all honored pre-game with a framed jersey and flowers.
After the ceremony, the Rams went right to business, jumping out to an 8-3 lead. Another senior, Alyssa Rackliffe, provided the early spark for Framingham on her way to a game-high 43 total attacks. Sophomore Grace Stafford tried to mount a late comeback for Curry but fell short with the first set finishing 25-17.
The second set was different, with both teams trading points for the majority of it. The teams battled to continuous deadlocks until the Rams got ahead 20-18, only for the Colonels to come back and tie it at 24 before Framingham got the chance to end the set. However, the Rams managed to get those last two points, and took a 2-0 lead.
The final set was again Rackliffe-filled with little resistance and she led Framingham to a quick 18-8 lead. They never looked back from there and finished off the match with a 25-13 victory.
It was a somber ending to the regular season for Curry but it’s not all bad as they still have a chance in the CCC tournament. The tournament seeds are still undetermined as most of the conference still has to play one more conference game.
Despite having more to play, looking ahead, the Colonels are very excited to grow with their core players. Possibly one of those players is freshman Shea Matthews.
Although she is sad to see the seniors go, she noted, “We have a lot of good returning players, and we work really well together, and we will continue to improve.”
Assisting Alyssa: As one of the Captains of the 2016 Colonels, Alyssa Keeney racked up 423 assists to lead the team, with her 5.79 assists/set giving her the seventh-best mark in the conference.
Elder Killer: Nicole Grambley led the seniors with 156 kills, second on the team only to Grace Stafford’s 199. Her 2.14 kills/set will be missed alongside her vocal leadership on the court.
A Jack of All Trades: Makayla Hughes contributed across the board in her final campaign, finishing with 143 assists and 69 digs while also registering five kills (as a setter) and 16 service aces while accounting for 21 points.