Saturday Sweep To Start The Season

Volleyball action photo of Hannah Piatak making a dig in the center of the court
Libero Hannah Piatak had a match high 17 digs

Roanoke, VA - After earning her first win of the season in the morning, Hollins faced off with Wilson College in the finale looking to get off to their first 2-0 start since the University brought back volleyball as an NCAA sport in 2010. Standing in Hollins way was a Phoenix team that just came off the court after losing a five set match with Wesleyan College.

Hollins wouldn't let their guest find their legs as the home team scored the first five points of the match. Wilson could not slow dow a Hollins attack that recorded 11 kills on just 21 attempts. After taking the first frame 25-7, Hollins seemed to be in control of the match going into the second stanza. Once again the green and gold raced out to an early advantage. The Phoenix pulled to with a pair of points, 8-6, but the home team finished off the set with a 17-9 run to take a 2-0 advantage. The third set was a much closer affair. The score was tied at 10 apiece when the earlier serving hero Sarah Freeman took the ball behind the service line. After leading Hollins to a 12 point run against Wesleyan, Freeman helped her teammates pull away with a 8-0 surge that gave Hollins all the momentum she would need to close out the Phoenix and earn a 2-0 start to the season.

Freeman added four more service aces to her total while handing out a match high 16 assists. Fellow first-year Hannah Piatak posted a solid all around effort with 17 digs, four assists, and a service ace. Kiki Speights, eight, and Charlie Vollmers, nine, registered 17 kills on just 23 attempts. Vollmers ended the match with a .727 hitting percentage, just ahead of Speights .500. Casey Mahan added three kills, 11 assists, and a pair of aces as Hollins added 16 more service aces on top of the 23 she offered up against the Wolves.

Hannah Quarry paced Wilson with six kills and five digs. Leslie Farnes handed out seven helpers while Libero Sierra Hill recorded eight digs.

Hollins will go on the road in search of a third consecutive victory when they travel to face Mary Baldwin on Wednesday night.