Roanoke, VA - For the final time this regular season, the Hollins volleyball team defended her home court on Saturday afternoon. After falling to Virginia Wesleyan in the morning, Hollins return just a few hours later to face Greensboro College in the regular season, home finale. It was senior day for Hollins and prior to the match they took a moment to honor Rachel Hertzler.
Hollins looked to take advantage of a Pride team that had just lost a heartbreaking, three set, match to Virginia Wesleyan just a half an hour before they took the court. However, the visitors from Greensboro used mid-set runs to pull away and take the first two sets, 25-14 and 25-19. The young Hollins team had not rallied from a two set deficit at home all season long. The third frame was played close early, with neither team being able to gain any significant advantage. That changed when Courtney Chappell took her serve with a 10-8 lead. Chappell served three aces in a 10 point run for the home team. Hollins finished off Greensboro, 25-12, to make things interesting. The fourth set was tied at 5-5 and again at10-10. That's the moment when Casey Mahan took her turn to serve and promptly led Hollins to five straight points, two via the service ace. Hollins would not relinquish the lead and forced a fifth, and final set, 25-21. In the finale, Hollins and the Pride were tied at 3-3. Meredith Summers turned the tables on the home team by serving the visitors to six straight points to put the match away. The Pride took the fifth, 15-7, to earn a hard fought, five set win.
Deja Hadden killed 18 of her match high 48 attacks while adding an assist, one dig, and a block. Chappell finished with eight kills, five service aces, and 14 digs while Mahan handed out 32 assists to go with her five service aces, nine digs, and one kill. McKinley Isaacs regisitered five kills and three solo blocks. At a big point late in the fourth set, Hertzler used a service ace to help Hollins while they won three straight points on her serve. Amanda Mink and Torri Jolly combined for 39 digs on the back row.
Summers and Brandy Johnson led Greensboro with 11 kills apiece. Katie Clark(19), Haley Bohrer (15) and Darrian Bolt (12) each had double-digit assists with Tori Belcher leading the way with 23 digs.
Hollins will wrap up their regular season next week with a trip to Washington and Lee.