Roanoke, VA - The final day of home volleyball for a Hollins squad started with a visit from Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) power Virginia Wesleyan. The Marlins have advanced to the final four of the two most recent ODAC volleyball championship tournaments and brought a 4-4 conference mark into the first of three matches on the Hollins court.
In order for Hollins to pull off the upset on Saturday morning, they would need a good start against the Marlins. However, after seeing the two teams trade points early, 4-4, it was the visitors from the beach that seized the momentum and took a sizeable lead, 13-6. Setter Emilee Pierson stepped behind the service line for Va. Wesleyan and didn't give up her serve until the road team had pushed their advantage to 22-6 and took the opening set. Set number two got started harmlessly enough, but after a 2-2 start, Hollins once again began to fall behind. The home team did score four of the final six points but it wasn't enough as the Marlins took a 2-0 lead, 25-11. The third set was more of the same as VWC out-hit Hollins 43-19 and 13 Hollins receiving errors never allowed them to get into the matchup. Wesleyan took the third, 25-11, and the match.
Tiffany Barrett, a perennial All ODAC selection, led the Marlins with 11 kills, two service aces, and a block. Colleen Smith added six kills and five digs while a trio of Va. Wesleyan setters combined for 38 assists.
Hollins will have a match off before hosting Greensboro College in the tri-match finale at 3:00pm.