Worcester, MA --- – Behind 23 kills from sophomore Alycia Rackliffe (Feeding Hills, MA), the Framingham State University volleyball team defeated Worcester State University 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-23) this afternoon in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action today at WPI. The Rams won the middle match 3-2 (23-25, 25-17, 26-28, 25-18, 15-12) over the host Engineers while Worcester State took the night cap 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-20) versus WPI.
With the victory over Worcester State, the Rams improve to 5-0 in the MASCAC and sit alone atop the conference standings with one conference match left to play. The loss was Lancers first conference loss of the season as they now sit at 4-1 in a tie for second with Westfield State.
Rackliffe led all players with 23 kills on 42 attempts with just four errors in the victory over the Lancers and she filled the stat sheet with three aces, four digs and four blocks. Junior Annie DeLoid (Plymouth, MA) also had a solid game with 14 kills on 29 attempts with two blocks. The back row was led by 20 digs from sophomore Julia Wan (South Deerfield, MA.) and 18 from senior Courtney Wilbur (Braintree, MA). Seniors Maribeth Martin (Barnstable, MA) and Morgan Drew (South Easton, MA) combined for 44 set assists.
The Lancers (18-5) were led by 14 kills and 19 digs from senior Alyssa Jasper (Rockland, MA). The senior made history early in the first set when she surpassed the WSU career record for kills. Meghan Deighan (Lynnfield, MA) and Jamika Townsend (Virginia Beach, VA) added 13 and 12 kills respectively. Townsend racked up 16 digs to go along with her 12 kills, while Jennifer Cabral (Swansea, MA) also chipped in with 16 digs. Amanda Lewis (Poughkeepise, NY) dished out a match-best 43 set assists.
In their second match of the day against the Engineers, the Rams (19-8) once again received a strong performance from Rackliffe. Rackliffe picked up 18 kills on 45 attempts to go along with seven aces, four assists, and four blocks. Wan recorded double digit kills and digs with 12 and 34. Wilbur continued her solid play with 26 digs, while junior Danielle Girard (Tivoli, NY) added 13. DeLoid closed the day with 16 kills in the victory over WPI, while Martin picked up 30 set assists.
The Engineers were led by 13 kills from Kenzie Whalen (Hollis, NH) and nine from Brooke Klepper (Miami Beach, FL). Melissa Daigle (Norfolk, MA) led the defensive effort with 21 digs, while Cassandra Tomerlin (La Quinta, CA) added 18. Shay Feeley (Franklin, MA) picked up a match-high 38 set assists for the hosts.
In the final match of the day, Worcester State saw an additional milestone reach as Lewis doled out her 2000th career assist on the first point against the Crimson. The senior led all players with 38 helpers for the match. The Lancers also received 11 kills each by Jasper and Deighan and 10 more from Townsend while Cabral amassed 21 digs and Laylee Leduc (Swansea, MA) chipped in with 18. Cabral and Townsend also both contributed three aces.
Daigle paced the WPI offensive attack with 10 kills and just two errors in 33 attempts while Feeley was credited with 24 assists. Kelly Rathje (Scituate, MA) led the defense with 19 digs while Daigle and Brianna Parent (Epping, NH) both reached double digits with 11 and Adrienne Weishhaar (Chester, NH) tallied a solo block and a block assist.
WPI (10-15) is back in action on Tuesday, hosting regionally-ranked Springfield in a 7pm NEWMAC tilt. Framingham State (19-8) also plays next on Tuesday, traveling to Emmanuel at 7pm while Worcester State (19-5) returns to the court Wednesday again at WPI versus Bridgewater State at 7pm.
Large Portion of Release Courtesy Framingham State Athletics