Framingham clinches No. 1 seed in MASCAC Tournament, sets sights on NCAA Tournament again

[Erin Fitzmaurice]

By Jen Fortin

Staff Writer

Framingham secured a three-set win against Curry College last Thursday. The Rams beat the Colonels with scores of 25-17, 26-24 and 25-13.

Senior Alycia Rackliffe totaled 21 kills and five blocks. Sarah Leonard had 10 kills and led with 14 digs.

Mackenzie Whalen totaled 28 assists and three service aces. Deirdre Fay supplied two service aces and two blocks. Vicki Anderson had 13 digs.

For Curry, senior outside hitter Nicole Grambley led the team with eight kills and two service aces. Fellow senior Alyssa Keeney contributed 17 assists.

Middle blocker Nicole Rice had three blocks against FSU while three other Curry College players totaled two blocks each.

The first set began with a back-and-forth battle between the two teams, which quickly turned into an FSU lead. Three consecutive Rackliffe kills pull the Rams ahead 23-14.

The Rams were then held at 24 points while the Colonels scored two points from FSU errors. The set was won from an attack error on Curry.

Set two proved to be more evenly played between the two teams, alternating point gains. However the Rams managed to win the set from a kill by Leonard.

Framingham got an early lead in the third set, holding Curry at only 13 points. The 24th and 25th points were awarded from a Molly Meehan kill and a Grambley attack error.

The Rams proceed at a 19-10 record while Curry falls to 10-13.

Framingham State played a total of ten sets against Worcester State and Rhode Island College on Saturday.

The first proved to be a win against the Lancers, losing the first set 25-13 and third set 25-15, while winning the second 25-19, fourth 25-10 and fifth 15-10.

Rackliffe led with 24 kills, and seven blocks. Whalen supplied 39 of the 43 assists.

Fay totaled 25 digs while Rackliffe and Anderson each had 20. The Rams totaled eight service aces, with Wan, Anderson and Alexandra Fish securing two each.

Casie Thurber also had two solo blocks and five assisted.

For the Lancers, Emily Carens topped the team with 13 kills while also having 23 digs. Alexandra Nolan totaled 35 assists and two service aces. Sarah Powers and Valerie Hoyle combined to complete seven blocks against the Rams.

The first set was a struggle for FSU, as Worcester got an early lead from Ram attack errors. Back-to-back kills from Rackliffe and Fay held WSU at 24 points but it was not long before a kill by Carens sealed the set for the Lancers.

In the second set, Framingham secured the lead and kept it the entire set. The Rams kept Worcester at 19 while an error and Rackliffe kill enabled FSU to win the set.

Set three consisted of WSU getting the initial lead, solidified by Lancer kills. Worcester got the 25th point off of an FSU attack error.

The fourth set began with a back-and-forth battle between the two teams. Framingham got seven consecutive points after a kill from Fish gave FSU the ball back.

The Rams then got another six points from three Stephanie Chapin attack errors and a kill from both Thurber and Rackliffe.

Worcester was eventually held at only 10 points while Framingham scoffed the remaining four set points, sealed with a service ace from Anderson. 

With a score of 2-2, the fifth and final set began with the Rams scoring three straight points. The teams were tied at 10 before Framingham got the last five points consecutively with three Rackliffe kills, a Carens attack error and a service ace from Fish.

From this conference win, the Rams top the MASCAC at 6-0.

The Rams finished their regular season with a loss against Rhode Island College. RIC won the first two sets 25-19 and 25-20 while the Rams tied it up, winning the next two 25-19 and 26-24. The Anchormen won the fifth set 15-6.

Rackliffe totaled 22 kills, two service aces and two blocks. Thurber also totaled two blocks.

Fish completed 11 kills and three service aces. Lauren Salisbury set in the game with 29 assists and Anderson had 26 digs.

Three powerhouses for the Anchormen led in kills; Courtney Lambrese totaled 20, Jillian Ward had 18 and Sierra Smith contributed 13.

Jacqueline Jutras and Abigayle White scored three service aces each. Smith also blocked four plays against the Rams, while Ward and Jutras had two blocks each.

Despite the tied match between the two teams, the Rams struggled in the fifth set. Scoring only six points, the game ended with a kill from Lambrese.

Framingham State ended the regular season with a record of 20-11 and 6-0 in the conference. 

The Rams are set to play in the MASCAC Tournament Semifinal against Bridgewater State in a home game on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 11:00 a.m.

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