Volleyball stays hot, wins 4 of 5

(Photo by Brad Leuchte.)

The Framingham State volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss against the Clark University Cougars.

Alycia Rackliffe tallied nine kills in the game. Julia Wan had seven kills, ten digs and four blocks. Danielle Girard also had seven kills, with 15 digs and led the team with three service aces. Sarah Leonard had 22 assists out of the team total of 28. Annie DeLoid also added in three blocks.

Set one started with an early Clark lead by a series of serves from Mia Cattaneo, raising the score to 9-4. The Rams quickly came back with a streak of five service points from Wan, leading 12-11. With a close match, the Cougars ended the game with a kill from Courtney Pharr, with a final set score of 25-19.

Set two was a back-and-forth battle between both teams until Clark’s Rachel Webb had five service points to gain the lead 13-9. Cattaneo again brought the score up to 18-11. The set was finished with a kill by Ana Mercado, finishing 25-18.

The third set began similarly to the others with a Clark lead of 15-8 from Webb’s five service points. With hope of pulling ahead, Framingham fought its way until the ending kill from Marina Ramos, who ended the game with 17 kills.

Clark University added this victory to their record of 16-4 while Framingham State continues on at 17-6.


Framingham State regained their groove on Saturday against Mount Holyoke, winning 3-1 against the Paws. Rackliffe led the team with 17 kills and six solo blocks. Girard recorded 12 kills and 18 digs. Leonard, at 30, and Mackenzie Whalen, at 13, combined with assists to contribute to the team total of 44. DeLoid had a total of four service aces. Wan also added in five solo blocks.

Mount Holyoke’s Emma Sweeting led with 15 kills aside from Natalie Lyon’s 32 assists. Sara Robicheau finished the game with 13 digs.

Mount Holyoke finished this game with a losing record of 6-11 while Framingham prevailed at 18-6.


 

The Rams had another victorious win that same afternoon against the Smith College Pioneers, finishing 3-0 with set scores of 25-21, 25-23 and 25-19. Set one began with both teams keeping pace with one another until FSU gained the lead with three kills from Rackliffe, of her game total 17. With a service ace from DeLoid, the Rams were one point away from taking the game, soon to finish with another Rackliffe kill.

The second set provided an early lead for Framingham, supplied by Girard, Rackliffe and Wan’s kills combined with attack errors from the Pioneers. Wan’s series of serves towards the end of the set were aided by kills from DeLoid and Leonard with a finalizing block from Leonard to win the set 25-23.

Leonard led the third set with three immediate service points and from then on, Framingham kept the lead. Rackliffe increased the score with her six service points to make it 16-5. The last few points were gathered by kills from Tessa Neverett, Rackliffe and Leonard twice to seal the win.

Leonard finished the game with 26 assists of the team total of 38. DeLoid had four service aces out of her season total of 20. Wan led the team with 16 digs while Girard had 11.

The opposing Smith Pioneers’ Mei-Li Smith had 13 kills while Macarena Rojas led the team with 17 assists. Julie Voorhes had 15 digs. Middle blocker Jenna Rubin contributed all five points to the team total in solo blocks.

Framingham State finished the game at 19-6 while Smith College was at 4-17.


 

The Lady Rams had another 3-0 win against Eastern Nazarene, winning 25-12, 25-15 and 25-14. The Rams totaled 14 service aces. Rackliffe led the team with 10 kills, while Wan had nine and DeLoid and Neverett tied with eight each. Leonard and Meehan both had 12 assists, while Girard and Victoria Anderson each had nine digs.

The Lady Lions’ Hannah Welsh had seven kills, while Kayla Dean had nine assists. Libero Oksana Dicamillo had a total of 13 digs.

Framingham got ahead in set one from four service points by Girard, leading 4-1. The Rams kept the lead and Girard contributed five points from Lions’ attack errors, making it 20-9. The set ended with a kill by Leonard from Molly Meehan.

Set two provided an early lead for FSU from kills from both DeLoid and Rackliffe. With a substantial lead, Meehan added in six service points to make the score 24-13, with a timeout from Eastern Nazarene. Meehan shined again to contribute in the ending kill from Wan.

Neverett took the lead in the third set providing seven service points to make it 12-4. The Rams kept the lead throughout the rest of the set, with an ending play from Kathryn Kelly and Lauren Salisbury.

Eastern Nazarene finished the game with a losing record of 3-20 while Framingham continued to progress at 20-6.


 

Framingham State swept Salem State on Wednesday, winning three games, with scores of 25-14, 25-14 and 25-12. DeLoid led the team with 13 kills and four service aces. Rackliffe had 10 kills while Leonard contributed 23 assists on the night. Megan Leavens also had three service aces and Girard had 16 digs.

The Vikings struggled with kills as Jerika Santiago led the team with five. Mackenzie Salls had 11 assists of the team’s 12 and freshman Kaleena Kara 10 digs.

Framingham led the first set with three service points from Girard, with kills from DeLoid and Rackliffe. Rackliffe also had a series of serves, gaining the team six points, making it 12-3. DeLoid then contributed six points as well to put FSU in the lead 19-4. The set was finished with a kill from Rackliffe.

In set two, the Rams quickly gained the lead with a series of four service points from Leavens. With both teams slowly gaining points, Framingham dominated with two kills from DeLoid, one from Wan and a set ending service ace from DeLoid.

The third set was similar to the first two, with an early Framingham lead. Leavens’ combined eight service points provided the team with a substantial lead at 22-10. The game was finished with a kill by Wan from Whalen.

Framingham finished the series with a record of 21-6 and 4-1 in the MASCAC while Salem sits at 6-15 and 2-3 in the conference.

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