Hollins Faces Roanoke In Home Finale

Action picture of Brie Faircloth playing a loose ball in volleyball action
Brie Faircloth led Hollins in kills (7) and digs (14) vs. Roanoke College

Roanoke, VA - For the final time this regular season, the Hollins volleyball team took to her home court. The opponent, Hollins cross-town rivals from Roanoke College. The Maroons came into the match looking to solidify a berth in the eight team, end of season, Old Dominion athletic Conference (ODAC) Volleyball Tournament while the green and gold was looking to end their home schedule with a big win.

Roanoke College would open the first frame by scoring eight of the matches first 10 points to secure an early advantage. Hollins would rally behind the service of Hannah Piatak as the home team scored four straight to cut the deficit to 12-8. The Maroons would answer with four of their own to rebuild the lead en route to an opening set win, 25-15. The second stanza saw the visitors once again gain an early lead but this time the home team, dressed in their pink uniforms to promote awareness for breast cancer, would not let Roanoke pull away. The set remaind close and Hollins would come all the way back to tie it at 12-12. However, the Maroons would regain control with a 5-0 spurt to all but put it away, 25-19. Hollins wouldn't make it easy on their rivals as the home team raced out to a 3-0 advantage. The lead would be short-lived as Roanoke went on a run of their own. This time Hollins would rally to retake the lead, 8-7. However, the visitors would use a 10-3 run to put away Hollins, 25-16, and pick up the ODAC win.

Brie Faircloth led in both kills, seven, and digs, 14 while Kiki Speights would add five kills and factor in all of Hollins blocks. Courtney Chappell served two more aces, giving the sophomore an ODAC high 59 on the season. Sarah Freeman had 10 assists and Casey Mahan would add seven while Mahan (11) and Piatak (12) would recorded double digit digs. 

Roanoke College enjoyed a 41-22 kill advantage and registered double figures in each of the three sets. Logan Graves killed a match high 10 of her 26 attacks with Alex Wolf chipping in with nine kills of her own. Setter Christen Zammit handed out 29 helpers and Kylah Blackmore led the Maroons with 17 digs.

Hollins will travel to Guilford their regular season finale on Friday night.