The Oglethorpe volleyball team fell to the homestanding Sewanee Tigers Saturday in Sewanee, Tennessee. The Stormy Petrels lost 3-1 to the Tigers and fell to 0-9 on the season overall and 0-2 in SAA play.
The first set was a tight affair throughout. Sewanee took an early 8-5 lead before the Petrels ran off three consecutive to tie it, 8-8. Later in the stanza, the Tigers used a 4-1 mini-run to stretch their advantage to 19-14. However, four consecutive points by Oglethorpe drew them to within a point, 20-19. Sewanee earned a set point at 24-22, but the Petrels responded with consecutive points of their own to make it 24-24. The home side responded with consecutive winners to take the set, 26-24.
Sewanee gained a 7-3 edge early in the second, but the Petrels came back with four straight to tie the stanza up. An 11-3 run by the Tigers gave them control, though, as they took an 18-10 lead. The teams traded points from there, which allowed Sewanee to take the set, 25-20.
The third set went back and forth between the two teams. Oglethorpe took a 5-2 lead in the early-going, but the Tigers responded and came back to lead 10-9. A 7-2 run by the Petrels gave them a 21-16 lead until Sewanee responded with an 8-1 run to force match point, 24-22. The Petrels came back with consecutive points to tie it, 24-24, and then staved off two more match points. With the score tied at 26-all, the Petrels got consecutive points to win the set, 28-26, and force a fourth set.
The Tigers went on point runs of four, five and six in the fourth set, though, and won it 25-14, clinching the match.
Junior outside hitter Brianna Chin led the team with 13 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Jacoby Sims collected 12 kills, while senior middle hitter Ashlee Tolbert finished with 5 kills and a .364 hitting percentage, to go with 3 blocks. Freshman setter Grace Holder had 23 assists and 13 digs, while fellow freshman setter accrued 17 assists. Sophomore libero Hailee Bugg led the team with 18 digs.
The Petrels will quickly be back in action, as they head to Danville, Kentucky, to take on SAA foe Centre at 1 p.m. Immediately following that match, they'll take on Huntingdon from the same venue.