Oct 21, 2017
On Saturday afternoon, the Oglethorpe volleyball team hosted the Sewanee Tigers. The Stormy Petrels were able to come away with a first set win, however the Tigers would win the next three sets to give themselves the 3-1 victory. The Petrels dropped to 3-18 on the season and 1-12 in the SAA.
The Petrels started the first set with a 1-0 advantage, but they quickly found themselves behind 6-3. The Petrels would fight back and recapture their lead by creating a 6-0 run, flipping the score and giving themselves an 11-9 advantage. The rest of the set would remain extremely competitive, with neither team developing a decisive lead. The Petrels were able to finally pull away with the set tied 23-all by scoring the final two points of the set. The Petrels won the first set 25-23.
The Petrels had a rough second set. With the set tied 2-2, the Tigers managed to go on an 8-3 run, giving them a 10-5 lead. Immediately, the Petrels would reduce the scoring gap by creating a 4-1 run, making the score 11-9 in favor of the Tigers. The visitors would continue to push their lead out with a big 9-2 run, putting the score at 20-11. The Petrels would finish the set, nearly matching each of the Tigers' points, but the visitors were able to hold on and win the set 25-15.
The Petrels were tied 3-3 in the third set until the Tigers were able to get a slight 8-4 advantage by going on a 5-1 run. The Petrels would quickly bounce back with a mini 4-2 run, but remain behind in the set, 10-8. Sewanee went on another 7-2 run to build a 17-10 lead, but the Petrels would continue their fight and develop a 5-1 run, pulling within three points of the Tigers, 18-15. The Tigers would finish the set going on a 7-2 and take the 25-17 victory.
The fourth and final set was similar to the second set with the Petrels finding themselves down 10-5. The Petrels would rally back with a big 9-2 run, allowing the Petrels to gain a 14-12 advantage. However, the Tigers would fight to tie the set 15-15, and both teams would continue to exchange points until the set was tied, 22-apiece. The Tigers ended the set on a 3-0 run, giving them a 25-22 win.
Freshman outside hitter Jacoby Sims led the Petrels with 12 kills. She also finished the contest with 11 digs. Sophomore libero Taryn North led the Petrels with 14 digs. Senior setter Jordan Jones also had a standout performance, recording 23 assists and 12 digs.
The Petrels will remain at home on Sunday to take on SAA rival Centre at noon in their final home game of the season, as well as the campaign's final conference match. It will be Senior Day for the Petrels, and they will celebrate the careers of middle hitter Kaitlyn Woodruff and setter Jordan Jones. The Petrels will then travel to Montgomery, Alabama, to face Huntingdon Monday night at 7 p.m. Eastern.