Short Turnaround Hurts Hollins

Kaitlyn Hockman recorded five kills on 10 attempts versus John WEsley
Kaitlyn Hockman recorded five kills on 10 attempts versus John WEsley

Lexington, VA - After returning from a trip to Shenandoah after midnight, the Hollins volleyball team was back on the bus eight hours later to travel to Lexington for a tri-match. Hollins would face Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) powerhouse, Washington and Lee before a rematch with John Wesley in the afternoon.

The Generals came into the matchup looking to wrap up the #2 seed in the upcoming ODAC Championship Tournament and they wasted little time in seizing control from their road weary visitors. After Hollins took an early advantage, the match was quickly tied at 5-5. From that point on, Washington and Lee closed the set on a 20-3 run to take a 1-0 lead. The second set once again saw an early tie, 4-4, this time the Generals slowly built an advantage that their guests could not come back from and took a 2-0 lead into the third stanza. The fatigue really started to show in a third set that saw W&L out-hit Hollins 13-3 en route to the sweep, 3-0. 

Kiki Speights with four kills, Sarah Freeman handed out seven assists, and Hannah Piatak tallied 13 digs to lead Hollins.

18 different Generals contributed to a their 45 kills, 41 assists, 48 digs, and seven blocks.

In the second match, Hollins looked to even the season series with the Lions, after falling in four sets back on September 16th in Roanoke. This time John Wesley would not let Hollins up off the mat as the Lions took the match in straight sets, 3-0. Hollins would see the Lions race out to a big lead. However, the green and gold would fight through their weariness to cut the deficit to two, 15-13. however they couldn't summon the required energy to complete the comeback and fell 25-17 in the opener. John Wesley would not let Hollins gain any sort of momentum and as the points went forward it was evident that the Hollins tank was empty as the Lions completed the season sweep of Hollins in straight sets, 3-0.

Kaitlyn Hockman converted five of her 10 attacks without an error. Courtney Chappell added another service ace to her ODAC leading total while leading the team with 13 digs. Casey Mahan added three kills, 10 assists, 12 digs, and a pair of assisted blocks.

As was the case back in September, Chelsea Edwards was once again the leader for John Wesley. Edwards recorded four kills, 26 assists, seven digs and two aces. Olivia Bullard had a match-high 14 kills and MichaelAnn Holt led with 19 digs.

Hollins will play their home finale on Tuesday when Roanoke College makes the short trip for a 6:30 opening serve.