The Oglethorpe volleyball team snapped their 12-match losing streak Wednesday night in their final game of the regular season, sweeping the visiting Agnes Scott Scotties 3-0 to go into postseason play at 6-19 overall. The Stormy Petrels won the three sets 25-18, 25-20 and 25-15.
The Petrels got off to an excellent start in the first set. They took a 3-0 lead and then, after Agnes Scott scored three in a row to tie it, went on a 6-1 spurt to take a 12-7 lead. The visiting Scotties answered back with three in a row to make it 12-10, but four points in a row from the home side vaulted them into a 17-10 lead. Agnes Scott went on a 6-1 run to pull the score to 18-16, but the Petrels scored seven of the final nine points to win the set 25-18.
Agnes Scott took a 4-1 lead in the second set, but the Petrels responded with an 8-2 run to take a 9-6 lead. The visitors came back with five straight to take an 11-9 lead, and eventually led 15-12, but Oglethorpe responded with a 9-3 spurt to go back ahead 21-18. After the Scotties scored two in a row, the Petrels finished with five straight points to win the set 25-20.
The teams traded points early in the third, with Oglethorpe leading by as much as 6-3. The Petrels took control of the set in the middle portion, though, running off six straight to take a 13-7 lead. Agnes Scott won four-of-five to get back to within three, 14-11, but a 7-2 run gave the home side a 21-13 lead. From there, they cruised to a 25-15 victory to clinch the match.
Sophomore outside hitter Emilee Etter recorded 14 kills and hit .538 over the course of the match, while junior middle hitter TaKorya Green tallied 15 kills and hit .444. Freshman setter Melanie Davis led the Petrels with 23 assists. Senior libero Alex Prots recorded 13 digs.
The Petrels now get set for the SAA Tournament, where they hold the No. 8 seed. They'll take on top-seeded Birmingham-Southern from Alabama on Friday, Nov. 8, at a time to be announced.