No. 15 Sailfish Pull Away From Rollins, Win in Five
October 1, 2016
Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director
WINTER PARK, Fla. – The Sailfish again needed all five sets on Saturday against Rollins but the No. 15 team in the country won again for the 11th straight time, defeating the Tars 22-25, 25-21, 25-15, 17-25, 15-8.
The Sailfish hit over .240 in the three sets they won but it was a different story in the first and fourth, hitting just .156 and zero in those sets. The Tars hit .316 in the opening set and cooled to .163 for the match. PBA ended the match at .216.
Ally Rohn led the Sailfish with 15 kills and 14 digs, good for her team-leading ninth double-double of the season. Sarah Ragland added 11 kills and nine blocks. Maddie Span had a double-digit kill match, recording a season-high 10 to go along with a .438 attack percentage.
After dropping the first set the ‘Fish faced a dangerous spot in the second, trailing 11-5. A 7-0 run turned the set and match around as the ‘Fish took a 14-11 lead. The Tars tied it up at 19-19 but PBA won six of the final eight points including one of Sophie Hoekstra’s nine kills to end the set.
The Sailfish carried the momentum starting the third on a 10-1 run. PBA pushed the lead out to 19-9 before taking the set 25-15. Rollins stayed in the match with a 6-0 run in the fourth, extending their lead out to eight at 17-9.
The fifth set was all PBA, leading 5-0 early on and pushing the lead to 12-5. The Sailfish collected 10 kills in the set with Emma Ballantyne, Hoekstra and Rohn each collecting three.
Molly Burkhardt finished the match with 46 assists for PBA and added 12 digs. It’s the seventh double-double for the sophomore. Susie Forbes led the team with 16 digs with Katie Ballantyne adding 10 of her own. The Sailfish recorded nine team blocks on the night with Span collecting four of her own.
Palm Beach Atlantic is back in action on Tuesday as they make the short trip to Davie, Fla. to take on Nova Southeastern. First serve is set for 7 p.m. PBA returns home on Oct. 8 to take on Florida Tech.