Forest, VA - Monday afternoon marked the first of the 2017-18 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) individual sport preseason polls. The league's 12 volleyball coaches voted and when the order was released, Hollins was tabbed 12th.
After finishing the 2016 campaign with an overall mark of 2-24, the young Hollins squad will look to prove the coaches wrong and move up the ODAC standings. Hollins will return all but one of their regulars, including a core group of four second year starters that bolstered the youngest team in the conference in 2016.
Casey Mahan served as the primary setter and handed out 449 assists as a first-year. She will be joined by junior libero Torri Jolly and her team leading 310 digs from the back row. At the net a pair of sophomores will be looked upon to score and defend for the Green and Gold. Outside hitter Courtney Chappell is the leading returning hitter after she amassed 105 kills and will join middle blocker Kiki Speights. Speights will look to improve on her 59 total blocks, 12th in the 2016 ODAC final statistics.
The 2017 edition of the Hollins volleyball team will feature six new faces to go with six experienced returners. The team will look to get the season off to a good start hosting six of their first 11 matches on their home court. The opening weekend will feature a tri-match with Wesleyan and Wilson before Hollins takes to the road for her next five matches, including four matches in two days at the 2017 Roanoke College Maroon Classic in Salem, VA.
The first opportunity for Hollins to make a statement within the conference will occur with three consecutive ODAC matches at home. Randolph College comes to Roanoke on September 13th, followed by visits from Eastern Mennonite and Bridgewater. Hollins will wrap up her regular season with a visit from Roanoke College on October 24th and a trip to Guilford for their finale on the 27th.