Sailfish Sweep Embry-Riddle For 23rd Straight Victory
November 5, 2016
Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic volleyball rolled to their 23rd straight match on Saturday, sweeping Embry-Riddle 3-0 (25-17, 27-25, 25-22) inside Rubin Arena. The Sailfish have won 27 straight at home as they improve to 23-3 while ERAU falls to 12-12.
Sarah Ragland bounced back from a tough match on Friday to lead the Sailfish with 12 kills, hitting .308 and adding eight total blocks. The junior was the only player for PBA to reach double digits in kills. Ally Rohn added nine kills as did Olivia Finckel.
Despite the sweep the Sailfish offense was slowed in sets two and three, hitting under .200 in each set and finished the match at .186. The Eagles hit .123 in the match after hitting zero in the first set. PBA collected 47 kills compared to 32 for ERAU.
Susie Forbes was a big reason why the Eagles’ offense hit so poorly as the junior tallied a match-high 27 digs. Rohn added 14 more while Molly Burkhardt added 13. Burkhardt also had 35 assists, four blocks and three kills.
The Sailfish pulled away midway through the set, turning a 7-7 tie into a 15-9 lead as Ragland picked up three blocks and a kill in the run. The story was different in the second and third sets as the Sailfish led 19-12 and 23-16 in the second before the Eagles scored six straight to pull within one at 23-22. PBA ultimately pulled away after the Eagles fought off two set points with a block by Ragland and Burkhardt.
In the third the Sailfish led 19-13 before Embry-Riddle again closed the gap. The Eagles scored scored two straight and nine of 12 to pull even at 22-22. Ally Rohn turned the tide with a kill followed by a block from Ragland and Finckel and finally a ball handling error on ERAU gave the ‘Fish the 3-0 victory.
PBA is back in action on Tuesday as they host Nova Southeastern at 7 p.m. The Sailfish rallied from down two sets to none to defeat the Sharks 3-2 in Davie back in October.