ROANOKE, Va. -- Sometimes it's possible to play the best set of the season and still not win.
That's exactly what happened to Hollins on Thursday when they took on perennial powerhouse Randolph-Macon. HU battled in the first set, playing their best volleyball of the season, but fell just short in set one. Macon then used that run to take the final two sets and escape the Hollins gym with a 3-0 (28-26, 25-11, 25-15) win.
How It Happened
The two teams flip flopped points throughout the first set until RMC went on a small run to take a 17-13 lead and force a Hollins timeout. Out of the break, HU used a pair of Yellow Jacket errors and an Amanda Mink kill to pull within one before Macon took a three point lead at 21-18. Hollins eventually came back and took the lead, and was even serving for the set at 25-24 and 26-25, but RMC used a 3-0 to shut the door and take set one.
The high emotions from the first set didn't carry over into the second set as RMC jumped out to a 9-1 lead. Eight was as close as Hollins would get in that set as Randolph-Macon finished with a 14 point win.
RMC started quick in the final frame, pulling ahead 10-5 before a Hollins run, highlighted by a kill from Charlie Vollmers and a pair of kills from Hannah Arthur lessened the Yellow Jacket lead. The two teams traded points to 12-11 but Randolph-Macon finished the match on a 13-3 run to finish off the match.
The big story defensively for Hollins was Hannah Piatak, who finished with 22 digs and surpassed 1000 digs in her career in the first set.
Hollins will hit the road for an ODAC matchup with Lynchburg next Wednesday, Oct. 9. First serve is scheduled for 6:30 pm.