Sailfish Keep Rolling, Sweep Saint Leo
October 21, 2016
Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director
ST. LEO, Fla. – No. 12 Palm Beach Atlantic ran their winning streak to 17 on Friday night, knocking off Saint Leo University 3-0. The Sailfish won in straight sets for the ninth time this year, taking down the Lions 25-12, 25-23, 25-19 in the Marion Bowman Center.
PBA (17-3) has won every match since the opening weekend while the Lions (12-8) lose for the first time in three matches. The Sailfish hit .262 for the match including .400 in the opening set. Ally Rohn led the offense with 12 kills and a .265 attack while Sarah Ragland added 10 kills and a .350 attack.
The Sailfish jumped out to an 8-4 lead in the first set before using a 7-0 run to open a 16-6 lead and adding six straight later in the set to take the opener. PBA had to fight back in the second as the Lions took a 19-18 lead before the ‘Fish called a timeout. After falling behind 22-21 the Sailfish scored three straight and added a kill by Sarah Ragland to close out the set, 25-23.
PBA opened up 5-1 in the third and eventually took an 11-5 lead before the Lions rallied to score four straight. The Sailfish were on the verge of a blowout before Saint Leo tied it up at 17-17 with six straight. Four in a row from the ‘Fish including an ace by Katie Ballantyne gave the ‘Fish some breathing room. Emma Ballantyne had back-to-back kills to put PBA within one point of the sweep before Rohn closed it out with a kill of her own.
Molly Burkhardt added 10 digs to her 31 assists and also had three kills. Emma Ballantyne had five kills with zero errors and a .455 attack. Burkhardt and Ballantyne each had three kills as the Sailfish tallied 11 as a team. Sarah Ragland led the way with eight total blocks to go along with her 10 kills. Maddie Span collected three blocks and six kills. Susie Forbes led the team with 13 digs with Amy Schatzmann adding 13 digs and three aces. Rohn recorded 10 digs to go along with her 12 kills.
The Sailfish head to No. 20 Tampa on Saturday at 4 p.m. in a clash of top-25 teams. PBA is 3-2 against ranked teams this season.