Salem, VA - The annual matchup of cross-town rivals took place on Tuesday night when Hollins traveled the short distance south on Interstate 81 to face Roanoke College in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) action. Hollins fell to the Maroons earlier in the season when Roanoke hosted the 2016 Maroon Classic.
Having struggled against Roanoke College in an earlier match, Hollins got off to a much better start and mid-way through the first set, the Marrons enjoyed a slim, 11-9, advantage. The hosts from Salem slowly built the lead to six and held on to take the opener. The visitors started slowly in the second but a mid-set rally allowed Hollins to close the gap. The Maroons once again gained late momentum pushed their lead to 2-0. The Hollins defense played much better in the rematch, three solo and eight assisted blocks, but the hitting of the home team proved too much as Roanoke enjoyed a 45-17 advantage in kills and took the match, 3-0.
Ki'Ana Speights recorded three kills to go with three assisted blocks. Deja Hadden posted nine of Hollins 17 kills while picking up five digs, two solo and a block assist. Casey Mahan assisted on 15 of the 17 attack points and Courtney Chappell registered three kills, seven digs, and a block.
Sydney Daniel and Alex Wolfe combined for 17 kills as Roanoke used a balanced offensive attack. Jessica Block handed out a match high 27 assists with Kylah Blackmore matching Hollins Torri Jolly with a match high 10 digs.
Hollins will travel to Lynchburg to face Randolph College on Friday night.