Roanoke, VA - For the second time in as many nights, the Hollins volleyball team defended her home court in non-conference matchups. After defeating Trinity (DC) less than 24 hours ago, Hollins looked to make it two in a row as they hosted Southern Virginia University.
The Knights came into the match having won nine straight while Hollins looked to win back to back matches for the first time since they started the season 3-0. Hollins stuck first but SVU responded quickly before the home team tied it at 4-4. The set would see two more ties until the Knights went on a 9-2 run to take control of the set and close out their hosts, 25-18. The second set saw the two teams trade points back and forth until Southern Virginia opened up a seven point spread. Hollins would cut the deficit to just three, 20-17, but the Knights closed out the frame by taking five of the final six points. Hollins looked to be feeling the effects of back to back matches and the depth of the visitors, 15 different players saw action, wore down Hollins as the road team picked up the 3-0 win.
As has been the case for the past three matches, Brie Faircloth led with eight kills. Charlie Vollmers, Courtney Chappell, and Kaitlyn Hockman each added four kills. Vollmers, Faircloth, and Kiki Speights accounted for all of Hollins blocks. Casey Mahan registered 19 assists and three of Hollins eight service aces with Hannah Piatak leading the team with nine digs.
Seniors Penny Gwynn and Hannah Allred accounted for 27 of Southern Virginia's 43 kills. Laree Crockett handed out 35 helpers while Libero Mykynli Knight led with 14 digs.
Hollins will continue her four consecutive non-conference matches with a trip to Salem College on Thursday night.