The Oglethorpe volleyball team closed SAA regular season play Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 defeat to the homestanding Centre Colonels in Danville, Kentucky. Centre jumped on the Stormy Petrels early and then won a couple of tightly-contested sets, winning 25-8, 25-22, 25-19. The result dropped the Petrels to 5-19 overall and 0-14 in SAA play. They've lost 12 in a row and 19 of their last 20 matches.
Things did not start out well for the visitors at all, as the Colonels opened the match on a 12-1 run. They added a four-point run and a five-point run to that, taking a 23-6 lead. They eventually put the set away 25-8.
The Petrels settled in and played much better in the second set, hitting .407 with only one attack error for the stanza. The teams traded mini-runs for much of the early part of the set, but the home side went on a 6-1 run to take an 11-7 lead. Oglethorpe fought back to make it 13-10, but Centre responded with a 5-0 run to push the Petrels out to arm's length at 18-10. Oglethorpe went on a 10-3 run from there to fight their way right back into the contest and pull to within a single point, 22-21. However, the Colonels won three of the final four points to secure the set 25-22.
Oglethorpe pulled out to a 4-1 lead early in the third set, but Centre responded with a 15-5 run to build a 16-9 advantage. The visitors came back with three in a row, cutting it to 16-12, and then used another three-point run to get even closer at 20-17. However, the Colonels used a 4-1 run to take a 24-18 lead, then finished off the match with a 25-19 win in the set.
Sophomore Grace Holder led the Petrels with 13 assists, while freshman setter Melanie Davis returned to the lineup for the first time since Sept. 6 and collected 11 assists. Junior middle hitter TaKorya Green led the Petrels with nine kills and hit .333 on the afternoon.
The Petrels will close out the regular season and their 2019 home schedule on Wednesday night. Agnes Scott heads across town to take on the Petrels at 7 p.m. from Dorough Field House.
Oglethorpe will hold the No. 8 seed in the SAA Tournament, which takes place Nov. 8 through 10 in Birmingham, Alabama. The Petrels take on top-seeded Birmingham-Southern in the tournament's opening round on Friday, Nov. 8.