Rams win 20 straight sets before squandering 2-0 lead against Salve Regina

[Amanda Martin]

By Jen Fortin

Staff Writer

The Framingham State volleyball team had an easy win against Mount Ida last week, evening out its record at 4-4. The Rams won 3-0 with set scores of 25-18, 25-13 and 25-15.

Alycia Rackliffe totaled 15 kills in the game, with only three errors and 13 digs. Setter Mackenzie Whalen had 23 of the 27 total assists.

The team excelled with 13 services aces, with four of those coming from Alexandra Fish and three from Whalen. Fish also had nine digs on the night, while Victoria Anderson had eight. Rackliffe and Casie Thurber dominated with five blocks each.

The young volleyball team from Mount Ida struggled against the Rams with 6-foot-1 Molly Alkinburg totaling only eight kills. Freshman Alexis Bell had 14 assists on the night. The Mustangs had only two service aces and four blocks against FSU.

The second game on Saturday proved to be another win for FSU.

The team won 3-0 against Western New England. The Rams got off to a good start and held the Bears in the three sets at 17, 22 and 14.

Rackliffe and Leonard had a combined 17 kills, with three errors each.

Rackliffe also had three blocks and Whalen totaled 22 assists.

The Rams secured 12 service aces with Leonard providing four, while Fish, Whalen and Wan had two each.

Anderson, Wan and Rackliffe also had 10 digs each.

Carly Skibinski totaled 11, while also having six errors. Senior setter Jenna Leuck had 20 assists for WNE. Brianna Roath led the team with 18 digs.

The Rams moved to 6-4, while Western New England left the game with a record of 6-3.

The Rams played Colby-Sawyer in the first of two games this past Saturday. The Rams won in three sets, with scores of 25-19, 25-22 and 25-21.

Rackliffe led the Rams again with 19 kills and five blocks. Leonard had eight kills, 23 digs and two service aces.

Julia Wan totaled seven kills against the Chargers, while Whalen provided 30 of the 36 total assists in the game.

Anderson again excelled with three service aces and Thurber also had three blocks.

Freshman Deirdre Fay had 11 digs.

For Colby-Sawyer, the team topped with seven kills, from both freshman Allie Rogers and senior Gabrielle Rodriguez. Rodriguez also supplied the one service ace for the team.

Setter Olivia Goodrich had 29 of the team total 33 assists.

Tuesday’s game against Salve Regina was a tough loss for Framingham, playing all five sets. The Rams won the first two sets with scores of 25-22 and 25-19.

The Rams struggled in the next three sets, losing by only two and three points.

Rackliffe dominated with 29 kills, with only five errors and five blocks. Thurber also produced nine kills and four blocks against the Seahawks.

Leonard secured six service aces. The team totaled 12 receiving errors in the game.

Whalen produced the majority of the assists, totaling 51 and also had 11 digs. Wan also had 12 digs and two blocks.

Framingham’s 56 kills fell short against Salve’s 70 total kills. Six-foot outside hitter, Cassidy Trablicy had 33 kills against the Rams.

Samantha Salwa had 57 assists. Both Trablicy and Salwa combined to have 10 service aces in the game.

Framingham started hot in set one, getting an immediate seven points in a row. They then scored five more, to lead at 22-15. The set was won by the Rams on a kill by Thurber.

Again in set two, FSU secured six points at the beginning of the set. The 25th point was won by a kill from Fay.

The Rams trailed the entire third set, losing it 25-22.

In set four, FSU got an early lead. The game was tied at 19 and Salve Regina pulled ahead to win it, 25-23.

The final set was a back-and-forth battle between the two teams. The Rams lost their lead after Salve got five consecutive points off of Trablicy serves.

The set was tied at 15 and again at 16. After a bad set from FSU, the Seahawks sealed the win with a kill by Trablicy once again.

Salve Regina left the game with a record of 8-3 and the Rams sit at 6-5

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