Marlins split in ODAC weekend on the road
ROANOKE, Va. -- Virginia Wesleyan College's bid for a 2-for-2 Old Dominion Athletic Conference weekend fell one short on Saturday.
Upstart Hollins University came through with the upset, emerging for a 3-2 win over the Marlins on the Hollins court. It was a disappointing finish for VWC, which posted a 3-1 victory over host Roanoke College on Friday.
The Marlins (11-12, 5-4) had to produce come backs in both matches, which included an 0-2 start against Hollins (6-16, 2-5). HU outlasted the Marlins 26-24 and 25-23, but Virginia Wesleyan responded with 25-22 and 25-16 victories to send the match into a fifth game.
VWC rode the momentum of the 25-16 win to a 3-1 lead in the decider, before Hollins responded. Virginia Wesleyan managed to hold the led to 7-6, but after a Marlin error tied the game, Hollins gained momentum.
Briana Taborn (Creedmore, N.C./South Granville) and Ally Reed (Sterling, Va./Dominion) carrried Hollins into a 12-10 lead. A kill by Taylor Allen (Bowie, Md./Bladensburg Elizabeth Seton) cut it to 12-11, but three consecutive VWC errors helped Hollins to a 14-12 advantage. A Reed kill gave HU the winning point to cap the upset.
VWC fell behind 1-0 at Roanoke, where the Maroons (4-18, 1-6) posted a 25-23 first game win. The Marlins outlasted Roanoke 29-27 in the second game and kept things rolling forward with 25-22 and 25-18 wins to take the win.
Juniors Kala Guy (Fishersville, Va./Wilson Memorial) and Allen both produced 28 kills in the two matches. Guy recorded 17 against Hollins, while Allen finished with 16.
Rookie Amberlyn Daglian (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) finished with 54 assists, including a career-high 31 at Hollins.Ali Bal (Bogota, N.J./Bogota) added 23 in each match.
VWC produced 104 digs against Hollins, led by seniorErin Paton (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) with a career-high 34, the second highest total in Marlin program history. Guy added a career-high 27, tying the eighth highest total in program history.
Virginia Wesleyan will compete again on Tuesday, Oct. 18, hosting Bridgewater College at 6:30 p.m. in the ODAC regular-season finale for the Marlins.