Being a student-athlete for not one but two sports takes a lot of training, patience and focus. For Alycia Rackliffe, Framingham State volleyball and basketball student-athlete, she had the chance to use all her experience as a student-athlete to do some training of her own.
The senior from Feeding Hills, Mass. is in her last year at Framingham State and will graduate with a bachelors in food science and nutrition in May. Once she graduates, she hopes to continue in the field as a career while staying active with hiking, biking and playing the sports she loves.
During her summer off, Rackliffe was able to share her training with a four legged friend. She was a part of a program called Guiding Eyes for the Blind. She was given a black lab puppy to train and socialize to prepare the dog for being a guide dog. Although she had to give the dog back at the end of the summer, she is still working with the organization part time and looks forward to training another dog soon.
Outside of her regular course work, Rackliffe enjoyed taking a Sociology of the Families. It was eye-opening for her to realize that everyone is brought up differently and helped her appreciate the family she has. Her parents are also her biggest supporters whom she looks forward to seeing following all of her games.
Rackliffe's athletic career at Framingham State has been nothing short of amazing. Her first year at the school, she was named the 2013 MASCAC Rookie of the Year while also being named First Team All-Conference. She has since been named the 2015 MASCAC Player of the Year and to the First Team squad each year. So far this season, she is averaging 4.42 kills per set, 0.79 blocks per set and a .246 hitting percentage.