Three-peat Rams win third consecutive MASCAC Title, head to NCAA Tournament

The Rams faced off against the No. 4 seed Bridgewater State in the MASCAC tournament semifinal on Saturday, winning in three sets. The scores were 25-20, 25-14 and 25-16.

Senior Alycia Rackliffe totaled 19 kills and four blocks. Fellow senior Julia Wan also contributed 12 kills and three blocks.

Mackenzie Whalen provided 34 of the 38 assists while the team collectively totaled 39 digs.

Freshman Alexandra Fish had five service aces in the game and Casie Thurber totaled four blocks.

Senior Hannah Maymon led with 11 kills for the Bears while also supplying 12 digs. Charleyne Panner totaled 27 assists and provided the only block for BSU. Cassidy Tyros had 17 digs.   

The beginning of the first set showed signs of a good matchup between the two teams until Framingham pulled ahead 12-6. Bridgewater then scored four consecutive points from FSU attack errors and made it 12-10. The Rams then responded by increasing their lead. The 24th point was awarded to the Rams from a BSU service error and then they won the set on a kill from Thurber.

FSU gained three quick points in the second set from a Rackliffe kill and two from Thurber. Both teams battled back and forth to gain points with Framingham still in the lead. Bridgewater was held at 14 while the Rams won the set.

The third-and-final set saw FSU jump out to an early 9-2 lead.

Bridgewater then decreased the gap to only trail by one point. The Bears gained their 16th point from a kill from outside hitter Clara Goncalves but were held there.

Framingham got the last three points from two kills by Rackliffe and a service ace from Whalen to seal the victory.

Following Framingham State’s win against Bridgewater State in the MASCAC semifinal, the Rams went on to face MCLA in the MASCAC championship.   

FSU (22-11) completed another 3-0 victory against MCLA (17-14) with set scores of 25-18, 25-11 and 25-16.

Setter Whalen totaled 29 assists and Rackliffe completed 16 kills.

The team collectively totaled six service aces with Vicki Anderson contributing two. The Rams also had only two service errors which ties a  season low.

Deirdre Fay and Whalen tied with 11 digs each and Fay also had three blocks. Thurber also provided four blocks against the Trailblazers.

For MCLA, senior Allison Clark totaled eight kills and 12 digs. Setter Tayler Wiese had 14 assists.

Rebecca Godbout and Beatrice Lechler tied at two service aces each to provide the team total of four. The Trailblazers only had two blocks against the Rams.

In set one, FSU got a 7-3 lead from a Fish serving rally and another quick four points from Whalen’s serves to make it 17-11.

MCLA answered by gaining five consecutive points until Framingham called a timeout, leading to an MCLA service error for the Rams to get the ball back.

The Trailblazers were then held at 18 points while FSU won the set with a kills from Fay and a Rackliffe service ace.

The second set began as a close match between the two teams. FSU eventually led 20-11 after two aces from Anderson and a kill from Fay. The last five points were solidified during Rackliffe’s serving rally.

Set three started with MCLA scoring the first two set points, one of those being a kill from Sam Anderson.

The teams then tied at ten points and the Rams got possession of the ball following an MCLA service error. FSU gained the lead from attack errors from its opponent.

After a Trailblazer timeout, Framingham got another three points from a Whalen service ace and two Rackliffe kills.

The Rams won the set, holding MCLA at 16. This MASCAC championship win is the third straight for the Rams.

The team will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against MIT on Friday, Nov. 11 at 3:00 p.m.

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