Roanoke, VA - Frigid temperatures and gray skies were the backdrop for the Hollins tennis home opener on Tuesday afternoon. Southern Virginia would be the opponent as Hollins looked to rebound after a season opening loss to Lynchburg College last week. The Knights had already defeated the Hornets earlier so the home team would need a good start in the doubles matches if they were to pull of the upset.
In doubles play, Hollins got a much needed point when the duo of Amelia Verkerk and Sarah Jordan Snoddy rallied from a 3-0 deficit to come back and take the match, 8-5. The tandem had a similar rally against Lynchburg but fell short and with the win, ran their season mark to 1-1.
Trailing 2-1 heading into doubles play, Hollins would need to take four of the six matchups. At one point, a comeback seemed to be in the works as the home team led in two matches while also holding second set advantages in another two matches. However, the Knights would battle back to seize control of the matchup and built a 6-1 lead with just two matches left to be played. At #1 singles Jhovanna Salmeron forced a first set tie-breaker but eventually fell down 1-0 when the senior lost the tie-breaker 7-9. Hollins would also see a tie-breaker at #3 singles but Kateri Johnson couldn't complete the comeback and fell 3-7 in the seven point breaker. As the sky grew darker and temps continued to fall, neither #1 or #3 would go the way of the home team as Southern Virginia would claim the victory, 8-1.
Hollins will face the tough task of traveling to perennial Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Champion Washington and Lee on Saturday. The match is scheduled for 10am in Lexington.