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The 2014 Hollins volleyball team enters the new season with high expectations after a campaign last year that saw a young team make great strides. Hollins will return eight of their nine players from last season, including every starter. After going through a season with no seniors, this new edition of Hollins volleyball will be well-seasoned, and after adding six new faces, the team will have much more talent and depth.
Lauren Hays '15 and Jessie Deese '15 will enter their final season in a Hollins uniform, giving the program valuable leadership. The versatile Deese can play multiple positions while Hays returns as the team leader in attacks and kills.
Lela Moore '16 enters her third season as the primary setter and is on pace to hand out more assists than any Hollins volleyball player in recent history. Rikki Martinez '16 and Haley Ortiz '16 each split time last season as the libero and an outside hitter, while each excelled at their dual positions. Emily Lowther '16 is coming off a solid season as a defensive specialist who can also handle the opposite side duties and Rachel Hertzler '17 returns for her second season as a reserve. Jordan Persinger '16 returns for her third season with Hollins and will be leaned upon heavily as she and Hays will be the primary size at net.
Head Coach Bill Shook was able to add six newcomers to his experienced squad. Five first-years and a junior make up this group of fresh faces that will provide depth to the roster. With 14 players, Shook will look to avoid some of the late-match fatigue that the team experienced last season.
Hollins will kick off their season with a pair of tournaments before starting dual match competition. The team will open the season by playing four matches at the 2014 Cougar Classic, hosted by Averett University, before traveling to Greensboro College for another tournament the following weekend. Hollins will open their home schedule when Ferrum College comes to Roanoke for a match on September 7. The ODAC portion of the schedule will begin with a home match against Emory & Henry on September 16. It will be the first of the team's 11 ODAC matches as the team looks to qualify for the season-ending conference tournament.
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