The ladies volleyball team split a pair on Saturday against Emerson and Bates College. The 3-0 loss against Emerson proved to be a tough game. The three sets were completed at 25-18, 25-21 and 25-23. Alycia Rackliffe finished the game with 14 kills and two solo blocks against the Lions. Danielle Girard had two service aces and 18 digs. Sarah Leonard had 17 assists and Mackenzie Whalen totaled nine.
Emerson College totaled 10 service aces, with four players having two apiece. Freshman Kelley Guerra had nine kills in the game. Setter Elaine Nichols contributed 19 assists.
Emerson took the lead early when Guerra gained five service points off of FSU errors, making it 7-1. Both teams went back and forth in scoring, but the Lions still had a substantial lead against the Rams. Guerra raised her team to 24 with a kill, but was matched by Rackliffe.
Set two gave the Rams an early lead from Leonard’s three service points followed by Girard’s three, making it 7-2. The teams battled back and forth, tying the score all the way up to 18 points. Framingham was held at 19 while the Lions progressed to 24, with a kill by Brittany Schoellkopf to end the set.
The Rams dominated in the third set with Julia Wan and Leonard scoring a combined seven service points to make it 16-9. The teams tied the scores at 23, but the Lions pulled ahead with a ball handling error from Framingham and won the game with yet another kill from Guerra.
Framingham finished the game at 21-7.
Framingham State rebounded with a 3-1 win over Bates College, winning the first set 25-21, losing the second 25-17 and winning the next two at 25-14 and 26-24.
The Rams had a total of 49 kills in the game, with Rackliffe contributing 17 of those. Leonard achieved a season-high 40 assists in the game out of the team total of 46. Leonard also had 15 digs while Girard, Rackliffe and Sara Malika all tied at 13. Girard supplied four service aces and Rackliffe and Wan both had five blocks.
The Bobcats totaled 48 kills with Claire Naughton leading the team with 13. Setter Jacqueline Froney had 22 assists while Reilly Murphy had five blocks.
Set one was led by the Bobcats, leading by seven points, making it 16-9. Framingham soon came back and kept its opponents at 21 while Girard got five service points off of Bates’ attack and service errors with a set-ending kill by Wan.
The second set began again with a Bates lead, and the team kept ahead and won the set due to kills and FSU attack errors.
Framingham led set three until being tied up 4-4. Annie DeLoid had a string of eight service points, with kills from Girard, Wan and Leonard and Bates errors, making it 15-5. Framingham kept this lead to win the set.
The final set began in the Bobcats’ favor until Girard and Malika’s serving combined to take the lead 7-4. With a back and forth battle, the team tied it up at 19. Bates was then held at 22 points for Wan’s three service points to help the Rams lead by one. Tied up at 23, then 24, Rackliffe’s kill secured the lead. The set was won by a ball handling error from the Bobcats, finishing the fourth set at a close 26-24.
The Lady Rams finished this game at 22-8 while Bates dropped to 7-13.
FSU lost its game 3-0 against Rivier on Tuesday. Remaining under 20 points in each set, the Rams lost 25-17, 25-16 and 25-15. Rackliffe completed 10 kills with 11 errors, seven digs and two blocks. Leonard had 24 assists out of the team total 28. Girard shined with four of Framingham’s five service aces and eight digs.
The Raiders’ Lauran Silverman had 11 kills and nine blocks while Emily O’Reilly provided 32 of the 33 assists for Rivier. Lindsey Sweeney led the team with four service aces. Bethany Trevino had 13 digs.
The first set was quickly taken by Rivier, with Sweeney supplying five service points to make it 16-4. Framingham fought to catch up and slowly did until the set ending attack error on the Rams.
Framingham showed some promise in the second set, leading 4-1 by Girard’s three service points. The Raiders tied the game and the back-and-forth battle ensued until Rivier’s Hayley Macken completed five service points to make it 19-14. The set concluded with a kill from middle hitter Silverman.
Set three consisted of multiple service aces for Rivier to contribute to its constant point increase. Despite Wan’s three service points, the game ended with kills by three of the Raiders.
Framingham finished the game at 22-8 and Rivier leads its conference at 25-5.
FSU volleyball has its last regular season game at home on Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Worcester State.