Three-set wins the trend for FSU volleyball

[Erin Fitzmaurice]

By Jen Fortin

Staff Writer

The Rams had four easy wins this week. Game one against Lesley was completed in three sets, with the first set at 25-21 and the last two at 25-14.

Alycia Rackliffe had 17 kills and four service aces against Lesley.

Sarah Leonard had eight kills and Alexandra Fish had seven, with no errors. Fish also led the team with five service aces.

Mackenzie Whalen played in the first set, totaling 13 assists, while Molly Meehan played in the last two, having 18 assists, both were responsible for the team total of 31.

Libero Vicki Anderson had 11 digs and Casie Thurber had two blocks on the night.

For Lesley, junior Kylee Deluga led the team with nine kills and four blocks against the Rams. Senior setter Vera Bednar had 17 assists and two service aces to score the first two points in the first set.

Jess Reynolds and Wing Li combined for 22 digs.

The Rams move to 7-5, while Lesley struggled to 2-8.

The Rams advanced to 2-0 in the MASCAC after beating Westfield in the first of two games on Saturday. Again the Rams won 3-0 with set scores of 25-18, 30-28 and 25-6.Β 

Rackliffe notched 16 kills, 12 digs, and three blocks. Julia Wan had nine kills and matched Rackliffe with three blocks.

Whalen led on the stat sheet with 30 assists. She also contributed 13 digs, three service aces and two blocks.

Thurber and Deirdre Fay had two blocks each while Fay also had 12 digs.

Westfield State struggled against the Rams with a team total 31 kills but 30 errors.

Senior middle hitter Jen Green totaled 10 kills. Setter Brigid Murray had 22 assists. Freshman Micaela Murray had three service aces with two service errors.

Paige Donahue and Brianna Starkey combined for three block assists each.

The Owls came off this loss at 5-8 and 1-1 in the MASCAC.

Framingham had an easy win in game two on Saturday against Elms College. With set scores of 25-3, 25-16 and 25-10, the Rams cruised to a 3-0 victory.

Leonard and Wan led in the kill category with nine each. Meehan totaled 17 assists while Lauren Salisbury contributed eight.

The team dominated with 16 total service aces and only two service errors. Whalen had five, while Leonard and Salisbury totaled four apiece.

Rackliffe and Thurber had one block assist each.

The Rams began set one scoring 11 points before the Blazers got on the board.

Elms totaled 12 kills in the game with 18 errors. Outside hitter Danielle Redding only had eight kills with six errors, but also had three blocks against FSU.

Setter Carolyn Campbell had nine assists and Kate Moriarty had seven digs.

Framingham advanced to 9-5 while Elms College went to 1-11.

FSU went 3-0 against Mass. Maritime on Wednesday, preventing the Buccaneers from scoring more than 10 points per set. The three sets ended at 25-10, 25-5 and 25-8.

Wan had nine kills while Thurber had eight, combining for only three errors. Whalen and Meehan together had 22 assists.

The Rams totaled 20 service aces with Wan scoring six, Anderson at five and Brenna Marquis at four.

The Rams played a perfect receiving game, but also had no blocks against Mass. Maritime.

Fish led the team with 10 digs.

The Buccaneers struggled against FSU with only seven kills with Charleen Klangos totaling four. Setter Emma Ethier had only six assists.

The team totaled 19 errors, 20 receiving errors and no service aces. The Buccaneers scored no more than three kills per set.

In the first set, FSU quickly led 9-1, then advanced to 18-5. The set was won with two consecutive service aces delivered by Wan.

The second set began just like the first, with the Rams leading 9-1. The set eventually got to 19-3 and ended with Mass. Maritime scoring only five set points.

The third set proved to be another easy win, with the Rams up 19-5 and the game ended with a kill from Leonard.

Mass. Maritime moved to 1-15 and 0-2 in the conference.

The Rams finish the week at 10-5 and lead the MASCAC at 3-0.