FERRUM — Kenna Esquibel netted 12 kills and served three aces Tuesday in leading Hollins University to a 3-0 sweep of Ferrum College in an Old Dominion Athletic Conferencen (ODAC) volleyball match at William P. Swartz Gymnasium.
Set scores were 25-22, 25-20, 25-15.
Also for Hollins (2-4 in the ODAC, 12-8 overall), Kiki Speights tallied seven blocks and two players each registered 12 digs.
At match’s end, Hollins held advantages in hitting percentage (.086 to -.045) blocks (8-6), digs (51-42) and aces (9-6).
With the win, Hollins avenges a pair of losses it suffered to the Panthers last year. Tuesday’s match is the only regular-season meeting between the conference foes.
Ferrum’s victories over Hollins are its only ODAC triumphs in 17 league matches played over one-plus seasons in the conference.
“The loss was tough to swallow because it was a match that was definitely in our reach,’’ Panthers head coach Ruthanne Duffy said. “We started off so strong, but pumped the brakes and could not find a way to consistently score and not force our own errors.’’
“If we want to turn this season around, we will need to step back, refocus and fight for it,’’ Duffy said.
Ferrum (0-5 in the ODAC, 3-12 overall), which suffered its fifth straight loss, including three consecutive shut-out setbacks, was led by Molly Patterson and Ashlynn Willoughby each with seven kills and Chemaiya Jordan registered six blocks — one solo block and five block assists.
Ashley Roberts distributed 11 assists and Arielle Tritt passed out 10 assists.
Kayla Divers and Layura Henley each recorded nine digs.
Ferrum travels to Winchester Sunday for an ODAC match against Shenandoah University.