No. 14 'Fish Close Weekend With 3-1 Win Over Christian Brothers
October 15, 2016
Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director
ORLANDO, Fla. – No. 14 PBA volleyball picked up their 15th straight victory on Saturday afternoon, completing the South Region Crossover 3-0 after defeating Christian Brothers University 3-1.
The Sailfish (15-3) held the Bucs to a negative .129 attack in the opening set where they won 25-12 but CBU bounced back to take set two 25-23. The ‘Fish pulled away midway through the third and fourth to win by identical scores of 25-17. The loss drops the Bucs to 10-11 on the year.
No player reached double digits in kills for the ‘Fish in the match as the team registered just six kills in the opening set. Sarah Ragland hit .421 with eight kills and no errors and 10 total blocks. The team had 16.5 team blocks as Molly Burkhardt added nine with Emma Ballantyne chipping in with five.
Ballantyne led the team with nine kills and no errors, good enough for a .429 efficiency. Olivia Finckel added eight kills with Ally Rohn collecting six to go along with four digs and three assists. Burkhardt led the team with 35 assists and also added four kills, two aces and seven digs. Amy Schatzmann had four aces and eight digs. Katie Ballantyne added 12 digs and Susie Forbes led the way with 13.
The Sailfish used a 6-0 run in the middle of the fourth set to pull away and take a 17-11 lead and closed the third with a 4-0 run capped by a kill by Emma Ballantyne. The ‘Fish took control early in the first as Schatzmann got on a roll from the service line as PBA won 11 straight including three aces by Schatzmann.
PBA is back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Boca Raton to take on Lynn University at 7 p.m. The Sailfish won the first meeting of the year in Rubin Arena 3-1.
After the tournament Sarah Ragland and Molly Burkhardt were both named to the all-tournament team. Ragland hit .321 in the three matches with 25 kills and a team-leading 24 total blocks. Burkhardt registered 10 kills with 113 assists, three aces, 32 digs and 15 blocks.