Roanoke, VA - For the third time in less than a 24 hour period, the Hollins volleyball team defended her home court when they faced off with John Wesley University on Saturday afternoon. Both teams were bested by Bridgewater College earlier in the day and each went looking to salvage a win.
The first frame was up for grabs as the two teams were tied at 10-10 heading to the mid-way point of the set. The Lions earned a little breathing room by taking a 15-11 lead. After a Hollins point via a Kiki Speights kill, John Wesley went on a 5-0 run to put the home team down 1-0. The Lions used their momentum to race out to an early double-digit lead in the second stanza. Hollins rallied to cut the deficit to six, but could get no closer as John Wesley went up 2-0 on the back of a 25-17 set win. The third set would prove to be a different story as Hollins earned control of the set early and never let the Lions come all the way back. After a service ace, the Hollins lead had been cut to five, 23-18. The home team pushed the match to a fourth set by taking the final two points for the 25-18 victory. However, fatigue started to set in as Hollins had her worst offensive attack of the match, recording just seven kills as opposed to eight errors. The Lions would take control of the set and go on to pick up the non-conference win, 3-1.
First-year middle Charlie Vollmers registered 13 kills to go with a block to lead Hollins at the net. Speights finished with six kills while accounting for five of Hollins six blocks. Sarah Freeman led the team with 27 assists with Casey Mahan and Hannah Piatak each picking up 13 digs.
Ashley Hatfield led all attackers with 14 kills with Chelsea Edwards posting a stat line of four kills, 31 assists, five service aces, and 10 digs.
Hollins will play their second consecutive non-conference match when they travel to Washington D.C. on Monday. Hollins will face Trinity at 7:00pm.