The Oglethorpe volleyball team got off to a good start in their match with the Rhodes Lynx Sunday afternoon at Dorough Field House, taking the first set 26-24. However, Rhodes ran off three sets in a row after that to win 3-1 and spoil Senior Day for the Stormy Petrels. The loss dropped the team to 5-17 on the season overall and 0-12 in league play.
The Petrels completed a rousing comeback in the first half. After trading points with Oglethorpe early, Rhodes ran off six consecutive points to take an 11-5 lead. The home side quickly came back, though, outscoring the Lynx 5-1 over the next six points and making the score 12-10. The visitors pushed it back out to a four-point spread, but Oglethorpe went on a 4-1 run to cut the Rhodes lead to a single point, 18-17. Oglethorpe then embarked on a 6-1 run to swing the set into their favor, 23-21. Rhodes staved off a pair of set points at 24-22 to tie it back up, but the Petrels finished off two points in a row to take the opening stanza 26-24.
Oglethorpe then took a 5-3 lead early in the second set, but the visitors slowly worked their way back into the proceedings. They tied the score at 9-9 and then, after trading points for a brief period, went on an 8-0 run to push out to a 17-12 lead. Oglethorpe never really got back into the set after that, and Rhodes finished on an 8-2 run to tie the match with a 25-16 win in the set.
The third set proved pivotal. Oglethorpe pushed out to an 8-3 lead early in the stanza, but the Lynx came back with a 4-1 run to pull to within two, 10-8. After back-to-back Oglethorpe points, the visitors went on a huge 12-2 run to turn the set into their favor and take a 20-14 lead. The Petrels also had some tricks up their sleeve, though, and they went on a 9-2 run to turn the set back into their favor at 23-22. Rhodes finished with three straight points, though, and took the set 25-23.
The visitors seemed to put on more steam after that quick comeback at the end of the third set, as they embarked on a 19-4 run over the majority of the fourth set and took a commanding 22-8 lead. Oglethorpe showed a lot of fight in working their way back into the proceedings, running off seven consecutive points to make the score 22-15. Rhodes finished off three of the final four points to finish off the set 25-16, though.
Freshman outside hitter Jackie Schner led the way for the Petrels, accruing 13 kills and 14 digs. Junior middle hitter and sophomore outside hitter Emilee Etter both recorded eight kills and three service aces, while Green added four total blocks. Sophomore setter Grace Holder led the Petrels with 26 assists and senior libero Alex Prots included 14 digs of her own.
Oglethorpe will hit the road again next weekend to complete SAA play. They'll head to Tennessee to go against Sewanee Saturday at 1 p.m. Eastern before continuing to Danville, Kentucky, for a battle with Centre at noon Sunday.