The Oglethorpe volleyball team got their stay at the Emory National Tournament started in Atlanta on Friday, falling in a couple matches to Tufts and Transylvania. The losses dropped the Stormy Petrels to 0-6 on the season.
In the second match of the day, the Petrels found themselves in a competitive match against Transylvania. The first set was close in the early-going, tied 13-13 at one point. After Oglethorpe finished a point to take a 14-13 lead, though, the Pioneers embarked on a 12-1 run to take the set 25-15.
The Petrels responded in the second set, though. They led 8-6 early in the stanza, but Transylvania came back with a 7-2 run to build a 16-12 advantage. Oglethorpe bounced back in a big way, going on an 11-2 run to build a 23-18 lead. The Pioneers scored three of the next four points to make it 24-21, but Oglethorpe finished the set off from there, winning 25-21.
In the third set, Transylvania used a 10-0 run to take a 4-4 set and extend it out to a 14-4 lead. They cruised to a 25-16 victory in the set, giving themselves a 2-1 lead. Transylvania jumped out to an 11-6 lead in the fourth set, but Oglethorpe responded with an 8-2 run to take a 14-13 lead. The two teams went back and forth from there, with Oglethorpe gaining several 1-point leads. They had set point up 24-23, but the Pioneers scored a couple points in a row to gain match point at 25-24. The Petrels staved it off once to make it 25-all, but Transylvania scored two straight after that to finish it off, 27-25.
For the match, junior outside hitter Brianna Chin recorded 14 kills and 7 digs, while sophomore outside hitter Jacoby Sims came up with 10 kills and 12 digs. Junior defensive specialist Alex Prots pulled 22 digs of her own.
In the first match of the day against Tufts, the Petrels ran off the first three points of the first set and led by as much as 8-4 early. The Jumbos responded with a 9-point run to make it 13-8. The Petrels came back by winning five of the next six points to cut the Tufts lead to 14-13, but from there, an 11-3 Jumbo run finished off the set, 25-16.
The match was all Tufts from there, as the Petrels were never really in the other two sets. Tufts won the second set, 25-13, and the third, 25-15.
The Petrels will be back in action at the Emory National Tournament Saturday at 4 p.m. from Emory's Woodruff PE Center. They'll take on Whitworth at 4 p.m.