WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (October 11, 2019) - Rollins fell prey to a vicious attack form the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish on Friday night, falling in three sets (25-15, 25-12, 25-17).
The Tars, who for the second straight game were playing shorthanded without Harper Smith and Alexis Yeager, failed ot put together an effective offense throughout the night. They went for seven kills and six errors in the first set, eight kills and seven errors in the second set, and seven kills with seven errors in the third. Overall on the night, they hit .021 as a team compared to Palm Beach Atlantic's .309.
Set one stayed tight for the first half, with a score as close as 12-10. However, the Sailfish were able to put together multiple runs to close things out, and took the set by a score of 25-15. Abby Harbinson and Marlee Johnson each had a pair of kills in set one.
The Tars took a 1-0 lead in the second set, and then fell into a hole by allowing seven straight points to PBA. Rollins fought back, pulling as close as 9-7 before the Sailfish took eight of the next nine points to keep the game out of reach. They eventually took the second set by a score of 25-12. Erin Burke led the Tars in kills with three in set two.
The third set was the most competitive of the night as the score remained tight at 18-16. However, a string of three straight attack errors from Rollins gave Palm Beach Atlantic all the momentum they needed to close things out, taking the final set by a score of 25-17. Johnson and Candace Doxey were the leading scorers in the third set with two apiece.
Marlee Johnson turned in another solid effort despite the loss. The sophomore posted four kills, an assist, a service ace and ten digs. Abby Harbinson was also solid, with three kills and three block assists.
With the loss, Rollins now stands at 4-11 on the year, with a 1-6 mark in the Sunshine State conference. They will have less than 24 hours to prep for their next matchup, which will be on Saturday afternoon at 4 pm against the Barry Buccaneers. Fans can watch live on the Sunshine State Conference sports network, and can also follow Rollins Sports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates.