Volleyball earns first seed in MASCAC, Rackliffe named POY

The Framingham State women’s volleyball team finished its season with a 3-0 win against Worcester State on Friday.

Alycia Rackliffe completed 17 kills with only two errors. Sarah Leonard contributed 29 assists of the team total of 36.

Danielle Girard had four service aces and 16 digs.

Julia Wan and Rackliffe tied with three blocks each.

FSU pulled ahead 8-5 in set one with Rackliffe’s three service points.

The set tied at 13 and 14 points and Worcester gained a slight lead of two points.

Girard scored four service points to seal the Framingham lead and the set-ending mistake from Worcester left the Rams on top, 25-19.

The second set was led by Sara Malicka’s eight service points to make it 13-3, gained primarily from WSU attack errors.

Framingham kept the lead and Malicka contributed another three service points to end the set at 25-11.

The final set was a back-and-forth battle between the two conference rivals until the Rams gained a small lead.

Wan helped to win the set with six service points, obtained through Lancer attack errors, three kills from Girard and one from Mackenzie Webster.

The Lancers’ Jennifer Cabral totaled only seven kills while setter Jamika Townsend had 14 of the 17 assists in the game. Middle blocker Valerie Hoyle had three blocks and both Townsend and Katrina Kangwijaya tied at two service aces.

The Lancers fall to 11-16 and 2-4 in the conference while the Lady Rams finished their season at 23-8 and 5-1 in the MASCAC. FSU has clinched the first round bye in the MASCAC and will play their first semifinal game on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. against Westfield State.

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