SALEM, Va. -- Ferrum College dropped a pair of volleyball matches in first-day action at the Maroon Classic, being hosted today and tomorrow at Roanoke College's Cregger Center. The Panthers fell 3-1 to Hollins University, then dropped a 3-0 match to Methodist University, both in non-conference play.
The Panthers battled well against Hollins in the opening match at 6:00 p.m., with Kaelyn Daniel and Cheyenne Strickland accounting for 22 of the team's 43 kills. Strickland had a solid match, adding 18 assists and 15 digs. Ferrum couldn't sustain any momentum in the 8:00 p.m. match against Methodist, falling in straight sets. Brittany Ter Meer did the damage for the Monarchs, racking up 16 kills.
KEY STATS: Ferrum vs. Hollins
Ferrum: Kaelyn Daniel 12 kills, 13 digs; Cheyenne Strickland 10 kills, 18 asst, 15 digs; Arielle Tritt 16 asst
Hollins: Deja Hadden 12 kills; Casey Mahan 34 asst; Kiki Speights 10 kills; Hahhan Piatak 29 digs
KEY STATS: Ferrum vs. Methodist
Ferrum: Mikayla Holland 7 kills; Strickland 10 asst; 17 digs; Abigail McCallister 19 digs; Daniel 11 digs
Methodist: Ter Meer 16 kills; Megan Andrews 19 digs; Erica East 11 digs
"We didn't play our best matches today, but we played hard and didn't give up. This was able to shed light on some things we have been trying to improve on and shows how important it is to remain disciplined on the floor. Tomorrow will be another tough day for us, but I think today's losses will be lessons down the road." -- Head Coach Ruthanne Duffy
BACK ON COURT
Coach Ruthanne Duffy's team will be back at the Cregger Center Saturday for two more match at the Maroon Classic. The Panthers open with Sewanee, University of the South at 1:00 p.m., then face Mary Baldwin University at 5:00 p.m.