The Oglethorpe volleyball team brought their regular season to a close Wednesday evening with a 3-0 defeat in Maryville, Tennessee, against the Maryville Scots. The result meant that the Stormy Petrels finished the regular season with a 4-20 overall record.
The first set was competitive in the early-going. The Petrels took a 2-0 lead early and had a 6-5 lead a little bit later on, sandwiched around a run that put Maryville ahead 5-3. However, the Scots went on a 9-2 run from there to push out to a 14-8 advantage. After back-to-back Oglethorpe points, Maryville went out on another 9-2 run to all but put the set away, leading it 23-12. After consecutive Oglethorpe points, the Scots came back with back-to-back points of their own to clinch the set, 25-14.
Maryville picked up where they left off to start the second set, as they pushed out to a 6-0 advantage. The Petrels responded with four straight points of their own, though, quickly making the score 6-4. A 10-3 run from the home side allowed them to push their lead back out, making it 14-7. The Petrels scored five consecutive points after that, though, making it 14-12. They continued to push their way back and eventually tied the set at 18-18 with a 5-1 run. They would never get the lead, though. The Scots responded with three straight points to turn the set back in their favor. They eventually won it 25-22.
The Petrels didn't have it in the third set. They fell behind the eight-ball early as Maryville took a 15-4 advantage at the outset. A 6-2 stretch following that up gave the Scots a 22-9 advantage late in the stanza. The Petrels outscored Maryville 6-2 over the next eight points, pulling themselves to within 24-15, but the home side finished the match off at that point, winning the set 25-15.
Junior outside hitter Santreece Stephens led the Petrels on the evening with seven kills, while freshman setter Malisa Reichard led the squad with 15 assists. Sophomore libero Taryn North led both team with 12 digs on the evening. Junior middle hitter Haili Nelson recorded three solo blocks, as well.
"Tonight didn't go how we would've liked," said Oglethorpe head coach Joseph Goodson, "but we move onto our preparations for the SAA Tournament. We've got a week-and-a-half now to get ready for that, so that's what we'll be focused on."
The eighth-seeded Petrels will take on top-seeded Berry from Mount Berry in the SAA quarterfinal round on Friday, Nov. 3.