Volleyball Sweeps Centre for Conference Win

Volleyball Sweeps Centre for Conference Win

The Oglethorpe volleyball team earned their second SAA win of the season Saturday afternoon at Dorough Field House, defeating the visiting Centre Colonels in straight sets, 3-0. The win improved the Stormy Petrels to 4-14 overall and 2-7 in conference play. They earned their second victory of the season over Centre, as they also won a 3-2 barnburner Sept. 16 in Danville, Kentucky.

It was the Colonels who got off to a good start in the first set, as they went on a 7-1 run early. The Petrels responded with a 9-2 run of their own, though, taking a 10-9 lead, then followed that up with a 4-point run to extend it to 14-11. The two teams traded points for a period after that, but the home side took control of the set with an 8-1 run that earned them a set point at 24-16. The Colonels staved off three straight set points, but Oglethorpe finished it with a kill from junior outside hitter Brianna Chin off an assist from freshman setter Emma Williams, giving them a 25-19 win in the opening set.

Oglethorpe jumped out to a 5-3 lead in the second set, but Centre responded with back-to-back points to tie it. The teams again traded points for awhile and Centre built a 13-11 lead, but that was as big as their lead would get. The Petrels came back with a 14-4 stretch that ended the set, giving them a 25-17 victory.

The third and final set was back and forth from the start. Both teams had the lead early in the stanza, but neither was able to extend it to more than three points, and the score was tied at 12-12. Five straight Oglethorpe points gave them a 17-12 lead as they looked to close out the set, though. With the score 19-14, Centre embarked on a 5-point run to tie it at 19-apiece. With the score tied at 23-23, the Petrels gained match point. Centre staved it off once to make it 24-24, but the home side remained prudent and didn't let that take them out of their game. They won back-to-back points after that to take the set, 26-24, and the match, 3-0.

Sophomore outside hitter Jacoby Sims led the way with 12 kills and a .321 hitting percentage. Junior outside hitter Brianna Chin hit .280 and accrued 11 kills. Freshman setter Emma Williams led all participants with 19 assists, while sophomore libero Hailee Bugg recorded a match-high 15 digs.

The Petrels will be back in action from Dorough Field House on Sunday, when they take on SAA foe Sewanee at 1 p.m. Later in the day, they'll go against No. 12 Emory at 6 p.m.