Appalachian Rollergirls fall to Atlanta
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Atlanta, which is also known as the Rollergirls, beat Appalachian 294-104 in front of about 1,100 fans at the Holmes Center Friday. It was Appalachian's first home match of the season.
Appalachian was playing for Autism Speaks.
Atlanta took advantage of several Appalachian penalties, which put Appalachian shorthanded of players, to score several points. Atlanta took an early lead and never looked back.
"Our team is playing bigger market teams and we are learning lots from other teams," said team captain Jennele Vaquera, known as Coco Janel 5 to her fans. "We will take this loss and focus on our mistakes and take note of the other team's successful strategy."
The Rollergirls sold about 900 adult tickets for the event. There were also several youths at the event, many of whom got their faces painted and received balloon animals.
Vaquera was appreciative of the support from the crowd.
"Our fans were enthusiastic and excited despite our loss," she said. "The Holmes Center is one of the nicest venues I have seen a game or played roller derby at."