Framingham, Mass. – Four year volleyball and women's basketball standout Alycia Rackliffe (Feeding Hills, Mass.) has been selected the 2017 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in voting conducted by the conference's eight athletic directors and announced by the MASCAC this morning.
Rackliffe earned multiple honors in both volleyball and women's basketball during her four years in black and gold. The May 2017 graduate was a three time major award winner for volleyball earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2013 and earning back-to-back Player of the Year honors in 2015 and 2016. Rackliffe was also recognized as the MASCAC women's basketball Rookie of the Year in 2013-14 after her freshman season and was tabbed as the D3hoops.com Northeast Rookie of the Year. Rackliffe was a four time first team All-MASCAC selection for volleyball and a two time first team All-MASCAC selection in women's basketball while also earning second team honors once.
Rackliffe earned multiple MASCAC and ECAC player of the week and rookie of the week honors in both women's basketball and volleyball. After her final season in each sport, Rackliffe participated in the NEVO Senior All-Star game as well as the NEWBA Senior All-Star game.
Rackliffe finished her volleyball career with 1,781 career kills, a .301 hitting percentage and 368 career blocks including 168 solo blocks. During her four seasons, the Rams won three MASCAC Tournament Titles, two MASCAC Regular Season Titles and made three appearances in the NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament.
Rackliffe concluded her women's basketball career with 1,215 career points which places her fourth on the FSU all-time scoring list. She collected 946 career rebounds, a school record 294 career blocks and 134 career steals. Rackliffe holds four FSU women's basketball records including rebounds in a game (26), blocks in a game (9) and blocks in a season (92). During Rackliffe's four seasons of women's basketball, the Rams captured a share of the 2013-14 MASCAC Regular Season title and made three appearances in the MASCAC Tournament Championship game.
In addition to her success on the court, Rackliffe excelled in the classroom graduating with a bachelor's degree in food science and chemistry with a minor in nutrition and a concentration in applied food science. Rackliffe graduated with a 3.69 GPA and was named to the Dean's List every semester and landed on the President's List multiple times. As a two sport student-athlete, Rackliffe was named to the MASCAC All-Academic Team 11 times during her four years.
Rackliffe was also active in the community during her four years volunteering with the MetroWest Special Olympics. Rackliffe coordinated the EPAL program with Framingham's Cameron Middle School in which FSU student-athletes served as EPALs to the middle school students. She also worked with Guiding Eyes for the Blind fostering and training a German Shepard puppy that will eventually become a service dog.
The MASCAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year has been awarded annually since 1980 to a male and a female student-athlete who has excelled in the classroom and the field of play while maintaining at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA through their final season of athletic eligibility.