The Oglethorpe volleyball team dropped a non-conference road match to the homestanding Huntingdon Hawks Monday evening in Montgomery, Alabama, 3-0, dropping themselves to 4-19 on the season overall. The Stormy Petrels did not have their full compliment of players for the match, as they split up the squad for the final two matches of the regular season this week against Huntingdon on Monday and Maryville (Tennessee) on Wednesday, and they struggled against the homestanding Hawks.
They were unable to get a foothold in either of the opening two sets. After coming back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the score 3-3 at the match's outset, Huntingdon went on an 8-1 run to take an 11-4 lead. After consecutive Petrel points, the Hawks embarked on a 14-5 run which allowed them to close the set with a 25-11 scoreline.
The second set went similarly, as the Petrels took an early 5-4 edge, but Huntingdon responded with a 7-2 stretch to take an 11-7 lead. The Petrels came back and won three of the next four points to make it 12-10, but they wouldn't score another point in the set. The Hawks finished on a 13-0 run to take the second set 25-10.
Down 2-0, the Petrels responded in the third set. They went on a 6-1 run early in the set to take a 7-3 lead and maintained a 10-7 advantage, but Huntingdon came back at that point with an 11-5 run to build an 18-15 edge. Consecutive Oglethorpe points brought them to within a point, 18-17, but they were shut out from that point, as the home side won the final seven points of the set for a 25-17 victory.
The Petrels were led in kills by freshman Mary Scott Hollingsworth, who recorded four. Junior outside hitter Santreece Stephens led the team with eight digs and added a pair of kills. Sophomore setter Kaia Clark led the Petrels with five assists.
"We're using these two matches to get prepared for the SAA Tournament in a couple weeks," said Oglethorpe head coach Joseph Goodson. "Tonight didn't go how we'd have liked, but we'll regroup and come back on Wednesday against Maryville."
The Petrels will take on the homestanding Scots in Maryville, Tennessee, Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. After that, they'll get set to take on conference No. 1 seed Berry in the SAA quarterfinals on Friday, Oct. 3.