Rackliffe leads volleyball to a 3-1 start

Photo by Scott Calzolaio

Women’s Volleyball opened up the season with an impressive pair of 3-0 wins over Daniel Webster and Regis College at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational on Sept. 4.

The Rams started off the day beating Daniel Webster with scores of 25-14, 25-16 and 25-10. Junior Alycia Rackliffe, a 2015 ECAC Division III New England Second Team All-Star, led the Rams with nine kills and ten digs.

Sophomore Molly Meehan led the team in assists picking up 18. Senior Danielle Girard added 17 kills to the mix.

In the matchup against Regis, Rackliffe led the Rams once again with ten kills, four digs and three blocks. Senior Annie Deloid was close behind pitching in nine kills.

Sophomore Vicki Anderson tallied up 18 digs and Girard finished the game with 11.

Framingham State picked up two more wins at the Corsair Volleyball Invitational hosted by UMass Dartmouth Sept. 5.

The Rams swept Eastern Nazarene allowing only 29 points over three games.

Girard and junior Julia Wan led the way with six kills each. Girard also led the defense with ten digs. Meehan picked up an impressive 11 set assists.

FSU defeated UMass Dartmouth 3-1, falling 25-17 in the third game, forcing a fourth.

Rackliffe had a total of 13 kills and five blocks while classmate Wan added ten kills and four blocks. Anderson led the defense with 19 digs and Meehan added 11 digs and 20 assists.

The Rams dropped their home-opener 3-1 against Plymouth State on Sept. 8.

Rackliffe proved to be an offensive force once again leading the team with 14 kills. Wan picked up eight kills and two aces. FSU came out strong jumping ahead to an early 11-6 lead going on to win the first game 25-18.

The Rams were unable to bounce back in the second game despite rallying back from an eight-point deficit.

After gaining a very early lead 2-1 the Rams would not manage to pull ahead at any other point in the game. The Rams fell 25-21.

The Rams managed to score only six points in the next game and fell behind early with Plymouth State scoring nine unanswered points to start the match.

FSU bounced back in the fourth match going point-for-point until Plymouth pulled ahead 11-8. The Rams were unable to close the three-point deficit for the remainder of the game and fell 25-18.

The loss was the Rams first of the season as they fall to 3-1 and attempt to bounce back Sept. 12 when they travel to Southern Maine.

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