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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.
The 2012-13 edition of the Hollins tennis team entered the season with high expectations. A team that returned several All-Conference performers was picked to finish among the Old Dominion Athletic Conference elite in the 2013 ODAC Coaches Preseason Poll.
Hollins didn't disappoint during a regular season that saw the team compile an 11-6 overall record while finishing in a tie for third place in the conference with an 8-3 mark. However, the postseason was a different story with Hollins failing to advance to the semifinals of the ODAC Tennis Tournament for the first time since the conference switched to a new tournament format in 2006.
Karen Montoya '14 put a stamp on her stellar career by being named to the All-ODAC First Team at #1 singles and #1 doubles. The former ODAC Rookie of the Year posted an impressive 15-1 record in singles and recorded an equally spectacular 16-1 mark while teaming with her sister, Prisclia, in doubles. The younger Montoya ('14) also enjoyed an outstanding season and earned All-ODAC honors at #2 singles. In all, four Hollins tennis players were named All-ODAC for their season's work.
Hollins will have to turn the page next season as only two of their four All-Conference players are slated to return to a team that will welcome several new faces. For the first time in recent memory Hollins will enter a "rebuilding" season. That task will be made a little easier as Victoria Coffee '15, All-ODAC in both singles and doubles, will return to help navigate the young inexperienced team through their tough conference schedule.