TAMPA, Fla. — Palm Beach Atlantic continued its quest for an NCAA Regional Championship on Friday as it conquered Christian Brothers by a 3-0 score. Freshman Rachel Jones had a team-high 12 kills to lead the Sailfish to their first third round.
The Sailfish move ahead to take on the winner of No. 1-seeded Tampa and No. 5-seeded Florida Southern on Saturday at 7 pm.
It took strong performances in all three sets to hold off Christian Brothers (21-13) as the Sailfish (35-3) produced wins of 25-23, 25-23 and 25-15.
Jones led the way with 12 kills on only 18 attacks for a .611 attacking percentage. Mariela Quesada was next with 11 kills while Elly Raush and Faith Rohn chipped in with seven and six kills, respectively.
After limiting their opposition to a .141 attacking percentage in the opening set, the Sailfish put together a solid effort in set two by holding the CBU attack to a -.040 attacking percentage (seven kills, eight errors).
A .115 attacking percentage by Christian Brothers wouldn’t slow down the Fish in the third set as they jumped out quickly to a 12-3 lead, including six consecutive points from the serve of junior Lexie Grizzle.
Becca Acevedo led the PBA offense with 36 assists while Melissa Buckingham had 14 digs. Rohn also topped double-figures in digs with 10.
Jones wasn’t just strong on the attack, she also had a team-high five block assists to go with her 12 kills.
Alecia Stewart gave CBU seven kills to lead their attack.