No. 10 Sailfish Win 27th Straight with Sweep of No. 24 Tampa
November 18, 2016
Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – No. 10 Palm Beach Atlantic hit .333 on their way to their 27th straight win on the season, knocking off Tampa 3-0 inside Rubin Arena on Friday night. The Sailfish pulled away in sets one and two before holding on in set three for the sweep, 25-16, 25-18, 26-24.
PBA (27-3) came out hot, hitting .500 in the opening set as Olivia Finckel picked up five of her nine kills in the set. The Sailfish pulled away by scoring five straight points after Tampa closed to 14-13, and ended the set on a 11-3 streak. Finckel was tied for the team lead with those nine kills as the Sailfish spread around the attack well with five players finishing with at least eight kills.
Sarah Ragland also finished the match with nine kills with no errors in 13 attempts. The Spartans had no answer for the junior as she hit .692 and also added five blocks. Emma Ballantyne also had five blocks and picked up eight kills in the match. Finckel led the team with six blocks as the team had 10 overall.
A late run in set two again gave the ‘Fish the set victory as they scored six straight to open a 24-17 lead. After Tampa tied it at 16-16 the Sailfish scored nine of the final 11 points. Ballantyne had three kills during that stretch.
Molly Burkhardt got things going for the ‘Fish and kept the Spartans defense guessing by spreading around the ball to rack up 33 assists on the night. She also had 15 digs to go with two blocks and two kills. Abby Palkert hit .571 and picked up eight kills on 14 attacks with zero errors. Ally Rohn also had eight kills for the Sailfish. Susie Forbes added 11 digs.
The Sailfish had to hold on in the third set after taking a 24-16 lead as Tampa scored eight straight to tie it at 24-24. A kill from Ballantyne followed by a Tampa attack error gave the Sailfish their 30th straight victory in Rubin Arena.
PBA will close out the regular season on Saturday against Saint Leo at home at 4 p.m.