Spirits Once Again Hold Off Hollins

Spirits Once Again Hold Off Hollins

The the second time this season the Hollins volleyball team lined up across the net from Salem College. Back on September 27th, Salem came to Roanoke and held off Hollins in a three set match that saw each team with a chance to win. Hollins traveled to Winston-Salem on Monday night looking to earn a victory in the rematch.

The first set was all Salem as the home team converted 12 of 21 attacks, with just a single error, to cruise to a 25-6 match opening victory. The Spirits looked to build on their early momentum but the visitors had other thoughts and the two teams traded the lead. However, with the score tied at 10-10, the Spirits took control of the set and the match with a 7-0 run that gave the home team a 17-10 cushion. Hollins stopped the Salem run but it wasn't enough as the hosts enjoyed a 25-14 win to take a 2-0 lead. The third set was a back and forth battle. The score was tied late, 22-22, and this time it was the road team that seized the opportunities and scored three of the next four points to pull to within 2-1. Salem scored five of the first six and nine of the first 12 points to take an early advantage. There would be no comeback as the Spirits closed the set on a 5-1 run to end the Hollins rally and take the rematch 3-1.

Hollins saw a pair of hitters reach double digit kills. Deja Hadden, 12, and Courtney Chappell, 10, combined for 22 of Hollins 30 kills. Hadden added eight digs and a pair of blocks while Casey Mahan assisted on all but three of the Hollins net points. Amanda Mink and Torri Jolly combined for more than half of Hollins 55 digs.

Kylie Taffer recorded a match high 17 kills with Taylor Moulton adding 10. Hannah Delcamp handed out 47 assists and Mariah Sharon led with 19 digs.

Hollins will host a pair of Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) rivals this week. Shenandoah will come to town on Wednesday before a visit from Guilford College on Thursday night.