Road Can't Slow Hollins Hot Start

Kiki Sqeights led the Hollins attack with 10 kills against the Squirrels
Kiki Sqeights led the Hollins attack with 10 kills against the Squirrels

Staunton, VA - After opening the season with a 2-0 sweep of Wesleyan and Wilson on Saturday, the Hollins volleyball team went on the road for the first time in hopes of keeping her perfect record. Hollins traveled to face Mary Baldwin on Wednesday night and wasted little time in taking control of the matchup.

Hollins took the first point of the opening frame and then Amanda Mink took the ball and promptly served four straight aces to give Hollins a lead they would enjoy throughout the evening. Mary Baldwin cut the Hollins lead to just two, 6-4, but the visitors would score the next nine points to push their advantage to 15-4. Hollins would never let the Squirrels close the gap and went up 1-0 with a 25-13, first set victory. The second stanza once again saw an early Hollins advantage cut by a Mary Baldwin run. Reigning Hollins Student-Athlete of the Week Courtney Chappell took her turn and helped to serve Hollins to nine straight points as the road team went up two sets to love, 25-9. Looking to start the season with nine straight set wins, Hollins raced out to a 13-1 lead and cruised to her third win of the season, 25-6.

The green and gold enjoyed a huge advantage at the net, out-pointing Mary Baldwin 31-13 in the kill department. Kiki Speights led the way with a match high 10 kills with Chappell adding six. Libero Hannah Piatak recorded 29 digs while setters Casey Mahan and Sarah Freeman combined to hand out 24 assists. Mahan and Mink combined to serve 10 of Hollins 13 aces.

Michaela Beverly led the Squirrels with six kills and Kelly Slack added six assists.

Hollins will take her perfect, 3-0, record to Salem over the weekend when they are scheduled to play four matches at the Roanoke College Maroon Classic.