North Kingstown alumna Brandee Thomas had to wait a little longer to make her season debut for the Framingham State women’s volleyball team, but, based on her early performances, she is more than making up for lost time.
The reigning conference Rookie of the Year winner got onto the court for the first time this fall last Tuesday in a non-league contest versus Western New England, which went the full five sets and was decided in favor of the Golden Bears.
Any notion that the sophomore was going to take it easy was quickly put to rest as Thomas led the Rams with 17 kills, 50 total attacks and 17.5 points, with her performance a harbinger of things to come.
Two days later, Framingham State snapped a three-match losing run with a straight-sets triumph over Dean, with Thomas once again in the middle of everything by finishing proceedings with match-highs in kills (18), points (18) and total attacks (43).
More recently, the Rams welcomed a pair of foes from the Ocean State in a tri-match on Saturday, splitting the afternoon with a setback to Salve Regina before recovering to knock off Rhode Island College in four sets.
After struggling against the Seahawks, Thomas was back to her best against the Anchorwomen, stringing together a 12-kill, 15-point effort to lead Framingham State to its third win of the campaign.
Although she has played fewer matches than a majority of her teammates, Thomas is already at the top of the Ram ledger in a pair of statistical categories, pacing the squad with 3.8 points per set and 54 kills, while her 148 total attacks are good for second.
With the Salve and RIC tilts in the rear-view mirror, Framingham State currently sport a 3-5 mark on the year.
Angeli’s first career goal lifts Camels
South Kingstown native and Prout graduate Emily Angeli picked a good time for her first collegiate goal.
The Connecticut College senior converted a penalty kick in double overtime to lead the Camels past Coast Guard Academy 4-3 on Tuesday in New London. The win earns the team the Whale Cup in its rivalry with Coast Guard.
Angeli has played in 50 games for the Camels over the last four seasons as a steady presence in the midfield. She came off the bench in Tuesday’s game and delivered the heroics.
Angeli and the Camels are off to a 5-0 start this season.
George runs wild
After biding his time and waiting his turn the last three autumns, North Kingstown product Chris George had his breakthrough performance in the backfield for the Colby College football team, as the Mules took on Wesleyan in their season opener last Saturday.
The homestanding Cardinals held serve with a 30-10 victory, but the former Skipper and senior co-captain saw his patience rewarded with an 18-carry, 104-yard performance that established him as Colby’s main rushing option.
George’s newfound level of involvement is in stark contrast to his time as a Mule to that point, where he had previously gained a total of 78 yards in 21 career games while also catching 12 balls for 99 yards during that span.
The highlight of the senior tailback’s day came in the second quarter, when he ripped off a career-high 34-yard rush up the heart of the Wesleyan defense, which was also the longest play from scrimmage for Colby on the day.
Next for the Mules is their home opener this upcoming Saturday against Amherst.