The Oglethorpe volleyball team fell 3-0 to Birmingham-Southern Saturday afternoon at Dorough Field House, dropping sets 25-16, 25-14 and 25-21 to the visiting Panthers. The result dropped the Stormy Petrels to 9-18 on the season overall and 2-11 in SAA play headed into their final conference match of the season.
Birmingham-Southern took a 3-0 lead in the opening set and then extended that advantage with a 4-point run to build an 8-2 advantage. Oglethorpe answered back with three straight points, but four consecutive from the visitors pushed them ahead 12-5 and they used another run to take a 16-7 advantage. The Petrels went on a run late in the set, rolling off five straight points to cut their deficit to five, 21-16. Birmingham-Southern closed it out from there, though, taking the set by nine points.
The Panthers got off to a big start in the second set, as well, taking leads of 3-0 and 7-2. After a period where the teams traded points, the visitors extended their advantage with a 7-point run, giving themselves a 16-6 lead. Oglethorpe responded by bringing the score back to within seven, 17-10, but Birmingham-Southern closed it out from there, outscoring the team 7-4 the rest of the stanza for a 25-14 victory.
The Petrels made the third set much more competitive, though Birmingham-Southern did get off to the same 7-2 start to begin the stanza and eventually extended it to 11-3. However, the Petrels went on a big run, outscoring the Panthers 6-1 to pull to within three, 12-9. After Birmingham-Southern pushed it back out to 17-10, Oglethorpe went on an 8-3 spurt to cut the visitors' lead to just two, 21-19. A 4-2 Panther run closed it out, though, giving them the victory.
Sophomore outside hitter Santreece Stephens finished off 11 kills and hit .391 for the match, leading the Petrels in both categories. Junior setter Jordan Jones passed out a match-high 22 assists while sophomore libero Anna Rash contributed a team-high 10 digs.
Saturday served as the team's Dig Pink match, with all proceeds from donations and t-shirt sales going directly to the Atlanta chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. It marked the fourth consecutive season that the team has taken part in the Dig Pink initiative.
The Petrels will close out their SAA season Sunday from Dorough Field House, when they welcome Millsaps to the Blacktop for a 1 p.m. start. After that, Oglethorpe will host Huntingdon at 7 p.m. Thursday in their final match of the regular season.