Hot Start Not Enough For Hollins

Casey Mahan with her hands on her knees awaiting the serve in volleyball action
Casey Mahan registers four kills, four assists, and five digs on Friday night

Winchester, VA - As the regular season begins to wind down, the Hollins volleyball team traveled to Shenandoah to do battle with the Hornets. Prior to the match, the home team would take a few moments to honor their lone senior. Once the action got started, it was Hollins that controlled the play. 

Sarah Freeman set up Kiki Speights twice in a four point Hollins surge that gave the visitors the lead and a clear advantage. However, the home team would strike back and in a big way, taking seven consecutive points to wrestle away the momentum from the green and gold. Hollins would cut the deficit to four until the Hornets used a 7-3 run to seal the first set win, 25-11. The second frame started a little differently but the outcome was the same. Shenandoah enjoyed a big early lead, 9-1, Hollins would have a 7-2 run to close the gap, but couldn't come back and fell two sets to love. The road team would enjoy their best set of the evening and after a Hornet service error the score was tied, 9-9. Shenandoah would push their advantage to five and hold their visitors at bay the rest of the way en route to a 3-0 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory.

Speights finished with five kills, two solo and two assisted blocks. Brie Faircloth matched her teammate with five winners at the net while Freeman handed out 10 assists. Casey Mahan had arguable the best night for the visitors with four kills on 12 attacks without a single error. Mahan also added four assists and five digs with Hannah Piatak recording a team high six digs to lead the back row. 

Five different Hornets recorded between six and eight kills led by Emily Cheatwood. Megan Hillyard had 21 assists while Cayln Harris served five of the home team's 14 aces.

The road doesn't get any easier for Hollins as they will have to pack up the vans and head back out on the road in the morning. Lexington will be the destination for a tri-match with ODAC power Washington and Lee and a re-match with John Wesley.