Friday night, the Hollins volleyball team took the court for the last time during the 2017 regular season. The trip to face Guilford marked the last scheduled match against old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) competition.
Pride and picking up a conference win was what Hollins made the trip to North Carolina to fight for, as the green and gold had already been eliminated from earning a spot in the 2017 ODAC Volleyball Championships. The match kicked off with a pair of lead changes and was tied at 6-6. The Quakers earned the first advantage of the night by taking 11 of the next 13 points and took a 1-0 lead, 25-13. With the score tied at five apiece, Guilford would score nine unanswered points to take a 2-0 lead. In the third set, the Quakers looked to put their guests away quickly and after winning 10 of the first 12 points, the home team did just that. Hollins would have a rally at the mid-way point of the frame and cut the deficit to 12-18. However, Hollins would get no closer and the regular season came to a close with a 3-0 Guilford victory.
Kiki Speights continued her late season surge with a team high seven kills and a solo block. Charlie Vollmers added six kills and Casey Mahan recorded a pair of kills, five assists, and eight digs. Sarah Freeman handed out 11 helpers and fellow first-year Hannah Piatak had a team high 11 digs. Courtney Chappell registered her 60th service ace of the season, giving her the top spot in the ODAC by 12 aces.
Jessica Sheek, Casey Davis, and Heather Crawford combined for 22 of the Quaker's 38 kills. Tina Euker assisted on 22 of the 38 winners with Davis and McKinley Durham each added 10 digs.
The match was the final of the season for a Hollins team that featured no seniors, four sophomores, five first-years, and a lone junior. With such a young team gaining so much ODAC experience, the team will look to continue to climb in the standings and win column in 2018.