NORFOLK, Va. - You know what they say, there's no such thing as a moral victory.
But, with that being said, the Hollins volleyball team should feel really good about themselves despite dropping a pair of ODAC matches on Saturday. They fell to Washington and Lee 3-1 (10-25, 15-25, 29-27, 16-25) and VA Wesleyan 3-1 (25-20, 26-28, 28-30, 15-25).
The match between HU and W&L started close in the first set, with Hollins staying in at 4-6. But the Generals ran away with it after going on a 13-0 before putting the Green and Gold away. Set two was just as close in the beginning, with Hollins trailing just 6-7 and 9-10, but W&L finished the set on a 15-6 tilt to take a 2-0 lead.
But, like much of the season, HU wasn't just willing to give up and concede the match. The two teams traded points back and forth throughout the third set but with Hollins trailing 15-18, they used an error and a Tyler Sesker and Kiki Speights block to pull within one. They continued trading points well past the 25 point threshold until, with the score tied at 27, a Speights kill followed by a Hannah Piatak ace gave Hollins a 29-27 win.
Hollins used momentum to hang around in the fourth set, trailing just 6-7, until W&L went on a 9-0 run to take a big lead. The closest HU would get would be eight as they dropped match one and fell to 13-12 overall, 2-8 in the ODAC.
Vs VA Wesleyan
VA Wesleyan jumped out to a 9-6 lead in set one, but HU stormed back on a 4-0 run, highlighted by kills from Sesker, Amanda Mink and a Piatak ace, to take an 11-9 lead. The Marlins would re-take the lead at 13-11 but Hollins fought back and tied things. The set went back and forth, with neither team able to pull ahead, until late. With Hollins ahead 22-20, a kill from Charlie Vollmers, a Mink/Speights block and a Speights kill gave HU the win.
Sets two and three were nailbiters with Hollins serving for the set in both. In set two, up 24-20, VA Wesleyan came back and tied the match at 24. After ties at 25 and 26, VA Wesleyan ended the set with two straight to tie things. In the third, Hollins served for the win on five different points, ahead 24-23, 25-24, 26-25, 27-26 and 28-27, without being able to put the Marlins away. Three straight points from VA Wesleyan gave them the 2-1 advantage.
The fourth and final set was all VA Wesleyan as they had runs of 4-0, 4-0 and 3-0 to put the match away and send Hollins to 13-13 overall, 2-9 in the ODAC.
For the day, Sesker led the way with 20 kills followed by Kenna Esquibel with 15. Casey Mahan had a big set day as she racked up 31 assists, putting out a double-double against VA Wesleyan with 16 assists and 13 digs. Defensively, Mink's 27 digs were tops.
Hollins has some time off, not playing against until Oct. 30 when they head across town to take on Roanoke. The matchup starts at 6:30 pm.