No. 14 Sailfish Sweep Two Matches at South Region Crossover

Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director

Courtesy Ron HilliardCourtesy Ron Hilliard

ORLANDO, Fla. – No. 14 Palm Beach Atlantic continued to pile up wins, winning their 13th and 14th straight matches on Friday at the South Region Crossover presented by Junior’s Catering.

The Sailfish defeated Alabama-Huntsville 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-23) and Shorter (25-23, 25-23, 25-18) to open up play at the Orlando Sports Center. PBA will close out the weekend against Christian Brothers at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday.

PBA 3, UAH 0
The Sailfish had three people with double digit kills as Sarah Ragland led the ‘Fish with 13 kills and seven blocks, as PBA won for the 13th consecutive match. Unlike the last four matches the Sailfish only needed three sets instead of five.

PBA got off to a fast start in set one, cruising to victory 25-17 but the Chargers came back and held early leads over the ‘Fish in sets two and three. PBA came alive late to win the second 25-22 and the third 25-23.

Sophie Hoekstra added 11 kills and nine digs for the Sailfish while Emma Ballantyne collected 10 kills and two blocks. Molly Burkhardt set up the offense with 39 assists and led the defense with 21 digs. Susie Forbes added 19 digs while Ally Rohn (12) and Katie Ballantyne (10) were also in double figures.

The Sailfish hit only .204 for the match but held the Chargers to a .100 attack including .040 in the second set. PBA had their best set in the first where they hit .357 with 18 of their 45 kills coming in the opener.

PBA 3, Shorter 0
The Sailfish started out slow but came alive late in each set, picking up their second straight-sets victory of the day over Shorter University. The win is the 14th straight for the Sailfish after opening the season with three losses.

Ally Rohn collected 14 kills to lead all players and hit .214. Olivia Finckel hit .529 in the match with 11 kills and also added five blocks. The Sailfish had 13.5 total blocks in the match. Sarah Ragland was slowed on the offensive end with had seven total blocks to lead the ‘Fish.

Susie Forbes led the defense and was the only player in double figures with 20 digs. Molly Burkhardt had five kills, four digs and three blocks to go along with 39 assists.

It wasn’t until the end of the third set where PBA finally was able to pull away from the Hawks, using a 6-0 run to grab and 22-15 lead. In the first the ‘Fish trailed 19-15 before running off six straight points to grab set point at 24-21. The Hawks again came out hot to start the second, leading 14-7 before PBA slowly chipped away and took a 19-18 lead.

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