Roanoke, VA - The Hollins volleyball team opened fall break with the first of back to back Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) matches. Shenandoah was the opponent for Hollins and with a win, the home team would move past the Hornets in the conference standings.
Yet another slow start by the young Hollins squad put them in a big early hole. Trailing 1-7, Coach Lawson took her first timeout to try and get Hollins back into the set. The break did little to stop the momentum as Kaitlyn Kelley served Shenandoah to 10 straight points and an 11-2 advantage. The Hornets never allowed their hosts to get going and took the opener, 25-5. The second frame saw more of the same with Shenandoah continuing to dominate at the net. After an 11-2 kill advantage in the first, the Hornets used a 16-5 cushion to take a 2-0 lead on the back of a 25-12 set win. The third set finally saw the home team get rolling and enjoyed their first lead of the evening, 5-4. The two rivals continued to exchange points as the set was tied, 12-12, midway through. However, the discrepancy at the net continued to hurt Hollins as the Hornets used an 11-2 run to end the match and earn a road sweep.
Ki'Ana Speights and Casey Mahan led Hollins for the night. Speights recorded four kills and a pair of service aces while Mahan assisted on 13 of Hollins 14 net points. Deja Hadden had a off night at the net as the season leader registered just three kills but led the team with nine digs. Courtney Chappell and McKinley Isaacs had three kills apiece with Isaacs recording Hollins lone block of the match.
Shenandoah outplayed Hollins at the net by outhitting their hosts 44-14 and enjoying a 4-1 advantage in blocks. Caylin Harris paced the Hornets with 13 kills, two service aces, and a pair of blocks while Kelley added 11 kills and four service winners. Rachel Cerretani and Jasmine Callahan combined to had out 36 assists.
Hollins will continue ODAC play tomorrow night when they welcome Guilford College of a 6:30 start.