Altoona, PA - For the second time this week, the Hollins volleyball team was on the road. After facing Lynchburg College, Hollins took a trip to Pennsylvania to face Penn State Altoona on Friday night.
The Lions wasted little time in welcoming their guests as Penn State raced out to a 5-0 lead. The road team would cut the deficit to three, 6-9, but could get no closer as Penn State closed out the first set with an 11-3 surge. Hollins would battle back in the second frame but never could take the lead. With the set tied at 20-20, the Lions would score five straight to take a 2-0 advantage. The third set was another tightly contested affair. Penn State would take a 23-16 lead into the finishing stages but Hollins would make one last run, 5-0, to close to within just two points, 23-21. Sarah Freeman had two aces in the five point run and after some Lion substitutions, Freeman looked to get Hollins even closer. However, Penn State would get two straight kills to close out the green and gold, 3-0.
Brie Faircloth had eight kills while Charlie Vollmers added seven net points. Vollmers also recorded three blocks while Freeman handed out 16 assists. Hannah Piatak had 19 digs and a pair of helpers with Torri Jolly (14) and Casey Mahan (13) each registering double-digit digs.
Lauren Diller led all attackers with 13 kills and Lauren Moran recorded a match high 23 assists to lead the Lions.
Hollins will complete her three match road trip tomorrow morning when they face Mount Aloysius.