Royal Rally Stops Hollins

Action picture of volleyball player Hannah Piatak preparing to receive the serve in the back row
Libero Hannah Piatak led the team with 14 digs

Roanoke, VA - Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play continued for Hollins as they welcomed Eastern Mennonite for a Friday night showdown. The two conference foes came into the match looking to pick up their first ODAC victory.

The first set brought the fans to their feet as the two teams traded the lead throughout. As the set started to wind down, Hollins found themselves with a 22-18 advantage, forcing a Royals timeout. The stoppage of play didn't stop the home team from putting their guests on the brink of a first set defeat and Hollins led 24-20. However the Royals would score the next three points and force a timeout from their hosts. Eastern Mennonite came all the way back to take the lead, 25-24, and after a Carly Gingerich service ace, it was the visitors from Harrisonburg that had pulled off the rally to take the opener. The second frame started out in the same exciting fashion. But with the score tied at 5-5, EMU went on 13-3 run that would allow them to take a 2-0 lead, 25-13. Hollins wouldn't back down and raced out to a 7-4 advantage in the third. Once again the Royals had an answer and began to cut into the deficit until they had gained the lead for themselves, 13-11. The pair of Eastern Mennonite comebacks proved to be too much to overcome as the Royals closed out Hollins, 25-16, to take the ODAC win.

Hollins struggled at the net, earning kills on just 19 of their 112 attacks. Courtney Chappell led the home team with six kills while a trio of teammates would collect four kills each. Libero Hannah Piatak registered one kill, a pair of assists, 14 digs, and a service ace. Setter Sarah Freeman handed out 13 helpers while Kiki Speights assisted on three of Hollins four blocks. 

Eastern Mennonite enjoyed a 36-19 advantage at the net, led by Maria Yoder's 10 kills. Jasmine Johnson had 19 assists with Skyler Johnson adding a match high 18 digs.

Hollins will be right back on their home court tomorrow morning when they host Bridgewater College in the first of three matches at 11:00am.