The Oglethorpe volleyball team lost both matches in a tri-match Sunday at Dorough Field House. They fell 3-0 to both No. 12 Emory and conference foe Sewanee. The two defeats dropped them to 4-16 on the season overall and 2-8 in SAA play.
The Petrels got off to an excellent start in the first set of their match with Sewanee early Sunday afternoon. They built an early 4-1 lead, then ran off nine consecutive points to extend their advantage to 13-3. That's where the visitors started a huge comeback, though. They outscored Oglethorpe 22-8 over the remainder of the set and turned the tables on the Petrels, winning it 25-21.
The Tigers continued that momentum into the second set, starting with an 8-1 lead. Oglethorpe responded with a 5-0 spurt to cut the Sewanee lead to 8-6, and then went on a 7-1 run to flip the set to their favor, 15-13. A 4-point Tiger run put them back ahead 18-15, though, and they followed that up with another 4-point run to extend their advantage to 22-17. From there, they finished the set, 25-20.
The Petrels were never in the third set. After taking an early 5-4 lead, they saw the Tigers roll off four straight points to take an 8-5 lead, then put the set away with a 15-2 stretch to finish it. They eventually won the set, 25-10, and the match, 3-0.
In the nightcap, the visiting Eagles put the Petrels behind the 8-ball early in what was a treacherous matchup for the Petrels. After Oglethorpe took a 4-2 lead at the outset, Emory ran off nine straight point to take an 11-4 lead. After back-to-back Oglethorpe points, Emory embarked on another run, this one 13-2, to all but put the set away. They won it 25-9.
In the second set, the teams traded points early, and Emory led just 5-4. An 8-2 run by the Eagles put them ahead 13-6, though, and they went on an 8-2 run at the tail end of the set. They would up winning it, 25-14.
The third stanza was all Emory in the early-going, as they built a 10-1 lead. The visitors extended their advantage to 16-4 before Oglethorpe came back to within nine points, 19-10. Emory closed the set from there, winning 25-11.
The Petrels will be back in action from Dorough Field House on Wednesday night, when they host Agnes Scott at 7:30 p.m. After that, they'll host Hendrix and Rhodes over the weekend for their final two home matches of the season.