WINTER PARK, Fla. (September 16, 2017) – Squaring off against their fourth nationally-ranked program in six matches, the Rollins volleyball team put up a fight but was unable to overcome the No. 4 Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish on Saturday afternoon in Warden Arena as they fell by a final score of 3-0 (21-25, 14-25, 25-27). The loss drops the Tars to a record of 1-5, and 0-2 in Sunshine State Conference standings, while the Sailfish stay perfect on the season and advance to 7-0 and 2-0 in SSC play.
Senior Shannon McDonough led the match with 16 kills on the afternoon while adding six digs. Sophomore Madison Jenkins matched a career high eight kills, followed by Bri Civiero with seven and Kerra Tirado with five. Cassidy Cason dished out a match best 35 assists, earning 35 of the Tars' 39 total assists on the day. Both Jaime Becker and Rachel Fletcher notched service aces on the afternoon, and Fletcher led the team in digs with 10, followed by Civiero with eight, and Cason with seven. At the net, Jenkins posted the Tars' lone solo block, while Cason and Tirado each earned one assisted block apiece.
Palm Beach Atlantic was led by a balanced attack as Raegan Grooms earned a team high nine kills, and Sarah Kimmey, Ally Rohn, and Sophie Hoekstra notched eight kills each. Rohn earned 22 assists, followed by Molly Burkhardt with 13. Jazz Schmidt earned a match high three service aces, followed by Rohn with two. The Sailfish saw a team best 21 digs out of Susie Forbes, followed by Grooms with 15. Both Kimmey and Maddie Span put up a team best four assisted blocks on the day.
COACH ROBINSON'S THOUGHTS:
"While disappointed in the outcome, I was pleased with how we came back and battled in set three. Palm Beach Atlantic is the #4 team in the country for a reason. Overall, they won the serving, passing, and blocking battles, and those were where the game was won and lost."
- The Tars gave the Sailfish a run for their money in both sets one and three. Set one saw the scored tied eight times, while set three saw four lead changes and a tied score on 10 occasions.
- Madison Jenkins matched a career best eight kills, which she first earned on September 1 against No. 13 Wayne State in the Tars' season opener.
- Set One: The Tars led by as much as 5-2 to open the first set, and were able to hold onto the lead and hold onto a 15-12 advantage later in the frame. Three straight points by the Sailfish knotted the score at 15-15, but a service error by PBA allowed Rollins to take the 16-15 lead. The ensuing plays saw lots of back and forth action, and the score was tied as late as 21-21. PBA took their first lead off of a kill by Span to give the Sailfish a 22-21 edge, igniting a four point run that closed out the first set with a final score of 25-21 in favor of Palm Beach Atlantic.
- Set Two: The Sailfish opened up to a four point lead and never looked back as they claimed the second stanza by a final score of 25-14. The lead never changed hands, and the score was never tied. The Tars pulled to within two, early on with a score of 6-4, but were unable to pull even with the Sailfish in the remainder of the set.
- Set Three: The Tars put up their biggest fight in the final set, which saw the score tied 10 times, with the lead changing hands on four occasions. Trailing by one, 24-23, the Tars were able to knot the scoreboard at 24-24 thanks to an attack error by Span, but the Sailfish took the one point edge on the next rally thanks to a kill by Rohn off of a Burkhardt assist. Rollins tied the set at 25-25 thanks to a kill by McDonough on an assist by Cason, but the Sailfish once again gained the advantage as Burkhardt passed to Rohn for the kill to give PBA a match point opportunity. The Sailfish sealed the deal on a kill by Kimmey off of a Rohn assist, closing out the set with a final score of 27-25 and taking the match, 3-0.
- Date: Friday | September 22, 2017
- Opponent: Saint Leo University
- Location: Marion Bowman Activities Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
- Time: 7:00 p.m.
- Coverage: LIVE STATS | VIDEO
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