Rams’ season comes to an end with a 3-0 loss to MIT in NCAA Tourney

[Allie Gath]

The Framingham State Women’s Volleyball team had a hard 3-0 loss against MIT on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  With set scores of 25-13, 25-17 and 25-19, the Rams finish their season at an overall record of 22-12.

Senior Alycia Rackliffe totaled 14 kills, two service aces and the only block for the Rams. Setter Mackenzie Whalen provided 19 assists.

The Rams completed 57 total digs, with Deirdre Fay contributing 13 and Julia Wan totaling nine. 

For MIT, outside hitter Megan Gebhard led the team with 11 kills. However, the MIT Beavers totaled 43 kills in the game while FSU had only 22. 

Setter Christina Liao had 36 assists and two service aces.

Libero Tori Wuthrich totaled 17 digs while the team secured 56 in total. Gebhard and Alli Davanzo had two blocks each.

In the first set, the Rams scored a quick two points with kills from Rackliffe. Errors on the Rams enabled MIT to pull ahead 6-2.

Four kills from right side Abby Bertics pushed the Beavers ahead even more at 13-3. MIT quickly scored more points while the Rams slowly fought back.

A service error from Davanzo gave FSU the ball back and enabled the Rams to score three more points until an attack error on FSU gave MIT a set point.

Again in the second set, FSU scored two initial points from their opponent’s errors. The Rams then tied the game at 10 in three consecutive kills from Rackliffe and two from Alexandra Fish.

The Beavers pulled ahead 18-11 and eventually kept the Rams at 17 while scoring the remaining points to win the set off of an FSU attack error. 

Set three began with MIT taking the early lead. Framingham errors increased the lead at 8-2.

Two kills from Gebhard made the score 18-8. The Rams held MIT at 23 points while scoring six points on Rackliffe serves, mainly in MIT attack errors.

With two finalizing kills by Carly Staub and Veronica Ripper, MIT sealed the win over Framingham and moved on to lose against Springfield College the following day.

The Rams finished off at 22-12 and 6-0 in the conference, winning the 2016 MASCAC title.

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