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Grace Caughey will play both volleyball and softball for Framingham State University next year. Contributed photo

Nipmucs Caughey Will Play Two College Sports
When Grace Caughey stepped onto the volleyball floor last fall, she knew she didn't want her senior year at Nipmuc to be her last. Despite earning looks from Division 1 college softball programs, Caughey has elected to attend Framingham State, where she will play both sports for the Rams.
"Volleyball was something I wasn't ready to let go of, I get into the high school season and I knew playing volleyball in college was something I wanted to do," Caughey told the Crier. "It's definitely going to be busy, but I've been busy playing two sports year-round my whole life, so I'm excited."
In addition to being a two-sport standout for the Warriors, Caughey has been competing on the club volleyball level with Mass Mayhem out of Milford and plays club softball for the Concord Raiders.
"I'm playing one sport or the other pretty much every day," she said.
Caughey begins her senior softball season at Nipmuc hoping to bring the Warriors another district title. Nipmuc won Central Mass Division 2 two years ago, during her sophomore year, and advanced to the district semifinal last season before being eliminated. 
"We want to make the playoffs this year and see how far we go with that," she said. "It's crazy how fast the past four years have gone by, but I'm excited for my last season after experiencing it through volleyball. It goes by quickly, but I am going to make the most of it."
An added element of Caughey's final volleyball and softball seasons has been the chance to play on the same team as her sister, Faith, a Nipmuc freshman.
"It's great," she said. "We had never really played on a team together, so it was different, but overall it's been really fun."
In addition to her sister, Caughey said the support of her parents, Chris and Karen, has been invaluable.
"My dad has been by my side since I decided I wanted to play in college during my 7th grade year. He's been the backbone of everything," Caughey said. "It was really stressful, but he was there for me when I decided to play D3 instead of D1, he supported me 100 percent."
The Nipmuc senior added, "My mom is more of the clam side. When I'm freaking out, she will calm me down."
More than anything, Caughey said she is looking forward to taking the lessons learned at Nipmuc to the collegiate level.
"You learn so much in sports, things that translate to family, friends, school," she said. "Learning to communicate with people, build friendships, it's all so important."




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