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The Hollins tennis team entered the 2014 season with one of the youngest squads in the ever-improving ODAC. With just two returning starters and one of their four All-ODAC players from the previous year, the team embarked on a rebuilding campaign.
Hollins was competitive at the top of their lineup throughout much of the season. Victoria Coffee '15, a 2013 All-ODAC performer in both singles and doubles, moved from #3 to #1 singles and proved up to the challenge. She completed the season with a 7-6 overall record while winning six of her 11 ODAC matches. At #1 doubles, Coffee teamed with Tiffany Hodges '15 and picked up four wins along the way. Hodges had to make an even bigger leap as she moved from #6 to #2 singles, which pitted her against some of the best players in the conference. The scrappy junior battled in each and every match. Madeline Perry '17 played at #3. She improved throughout the year and showed great promise in both singles and doubles competition.
The valuable experience that the team earned during 2014 and a successful off-season recruiting campaign by head coach Brian Kastner signal a bright future for a team returning every starter next year. Hollins will be looking to get back into ODAC Tournament contention when the 2015 season gets started next spring.
The Hollins tennis team enters the 2014 season after coming off an up-and-down campaign one year ago. The 2013 edition of Hollins tennis saw its streak of making at least the semi-finals of the ODAC Tournament continue after besting Randolph-Macon College in the quarterfinal round, 5-2. Hollins finished the season with an 8-3 conference mark, finishing in a third place tie with Bridgewater.
Hollins will have a tough road ahead, having to replace four starters including three All-ODAC performers. Gone is Karen Montoya, former ODAC Rookie of the Year and multiple First Team All-ODAC honors as well as her sister, Priscila, also an All-ODAC selection in both singles and doubles competition. On the bright side, Hollins will return junior Victoria Coffee (Plano, TX). Coffee was named 2013 All-ODAC in both singles and doubles play. Coffee will be looked upon to move up to the number one position, previously occupied by Montoya, and lead the young Hollins squad through a rebuilding season.
Coffee is joined by returning number six singles player Tiffany Hodges (Vinton, VA). Hodges compiled a 6-4 singles record while posting a 4-10 mark at number three doubles. Coffee and Hodges will be the only returning players with any collegiate experience. The roster of 10 players will be learning and growing throughout the 2014 campaign in hopes of returning Hollins to the eight-team, season-ending, ODAC Tennis Tournament.