Salem, VA - The Hollins University volleyball team kicked of the 2017 Maroon Classic, hosted by Roanoke College, with a match against Sewanee on Friday at noon. Hollins looked to improve on it's 3-0 start to the season against a Tiger team that had yet to taste victory in the new campaign.
The two opponents each took turns with the lead throughout the opening stages of the match. With the scored tied at 15-15, Sewanee went on a 6-0 run to seize control, taking the opening set, 25-18. Hollins would need a quick start to wrestle away the momentum, but after trading points to start the second frame, the Tigers would once again win six straight points to take a 7-1 advantage. The green and gold would answer and pull to within a single point, 9-8. However Sewanee used a mid-set run to take control and push it's lead to 2-0 with a 25-13 final score. In the third and final set, the Tigers would not allow Hollins to entertain any thoughts of a comeback by winning 10 of the first 11 points and finish off the tournament opener with a 3-0 sweep of Hollins.
Sewanne used the same advantage at the net that Hollins used in their first three wins by out-hitting their opponent 41-13. Kiki Speights led Hollins with six kills and an assisted block. Casey Mahan registered 12 digs while handing out five assists and first-year setter Sarah Freeman added seven helpers.
Destiny Stewart (11) and Stephanie Price (10) each recorded double-digit kills. Constance Connolly and Anna Wilson combined for 33 assists.
Hollins will look to get back on track later this afternoon when they face Salem College at 6:00pm.