Roanoke, VA - After struggling against Shenandoah less than 24 hours ago, the young Hollins volleyball team took the court looking to rebound against Guilford College. The Quakers came into the match looking to improve on a 3-3 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) mark while Hollins needed to make quick improvements in order to pull off the upset.
Slow starts have been a problem for Hollins for most of the season and after falling behind 11-1 in the opener against the Hornets, Hollins would need a much better start tonight. However, it was Guilford that enjoyed the first advantage of the evening when they scored four of the match's first five points. The home team rallied and started to mount a rally but a mid-set run by the Quakers forced a timeout at 9-16. The stoppage of play did not slow the momentum and Guilford took the first set, 25-12. The second set was a mirror image of the opener, 4-1 Quaker lead. As the points began to mount it appeared that it was going to be an easy night for the visitors. Trailing 24-13, first-year setter Casey Mahan took the ball behind the service line and things changed. Hollins rattled off six straight points and the gym came alive as the crowd got a glimpse of what this young Hollins team, starting six first-years and one sophomore, is capable of going forward. Guilford finally got the set's 25th point but Hollins had made it interesting, 25-19. Hollins continued to ride their new found energy and kept their hopes alive, leading throughout the opening points. Guilford ties it up, 11-11, and forced a Hollins timeout. The two teams traded kills once again until the Quakers gained a little breathing room, 18-14, again forcing a stoppage of play. After the timeout, Hollins began to again cut into he deficit and this time forced their guests to call timeout, 19-17. However, Guiflord scored the match's final six points to earn the, 3-0, victory.
Hollins learned a lot about themselves in these back to back matches and what they need to do to compete in the ODAC. Coming off her lowest kill total of the season, Deja Hadden enjoyed a stellar night at the net. 14 kills, two assists, two digs, and three assisted blocks for Hadden kept Hollins in the match all night long. Courtney Chappell added five kills and six digs while Ki'Ana Speights recorded a pair of kills and four assisted blocks, giving the first-year back-to-back solid efforts. Mahan assisted on 19 of the 24 Hollins net points, two service aces, and picked up a block of her own while libero Amanda Mink handed out two assists to go with her match high 15 digs.
Casey Davis matched Hadden with 14 kills to lead a balanced Guilford attack. Jessica Sheek added seven kills and Jasmine Gaines registered six. Tina Euker recorded 31 assists in just two sets of play and Christian Ritter added 10 digs.
Hollins will have the weekend off heading into their final two weeks of the regular season.