After being on the road for the previous four matches, the Oglethorpe volleyball team returned home to face SAA rival Rhodes Saturday inside Dorough Field House. The Lynx won the match 3-0, dropping the Petrels to 2-6 on the season overall and 0-4 in the SAA.
The Lynx started the first set with a 14-4 run, but the Petrels would not give up. After Rhodes further extended their lead to 22-9 with a 6-1 run, Oglethorpe came back with a 7-1 run of their own to pull to within seven points, 23-16. Rhodes eventually won the set 25-17, but the Petrels finished on a 13-11 run.
The second set began with both teams exchanging points, as the Petrels were able to continue their momentum from the back half of the first set. After being tied 11-11, however, the Lynx were able to pull away with a 14-6 run and clinch the set, 25-17.
The third and final set was the most competitive of the three. Both teams looked strong with neither allowing for a big run. Neither team build a lead of more than five points over the course of it, as Rhodes led 13-8 in the early-going. A 6-2 run brought Oglethorpe back to within a point, though, and a run of four straight tied things up at 18-18. However, the Lynx were able secure a victory with a late push. They finished three of the final four points and came away with a 25-21 win.
The Petrels finished the match with some strong individual performances. Freshman outside hitter Jacoby Sims ended the match with six total kills, which resulted in her and August Bishop of Rhodes tied for the match lead. Another top performer for the Petrels was sophomore libero Taryn North, leading both teams with 11 digs. Additionally, senior setter Jordan Jones had a standout performance recording 17 assists to go with four kills and eight digs.
"Today didn't go very well for us, but we just have to keep working," said Oglethorpe head coach Joseph Goodson. "We've got another chance tomorrow against a good Hendrix team. It'll be a tough matchup, but we'll have a chance to be competitive if we execute. This team is not that far off, we just have to keep plugging away."
The Petrels will look to pick up their first conference win of the year against Hendrix on Sunday at Dorough Field House. The match will begin at noon. After that, they Petrels welcome in-state opponent Berry to Dorough Wednesday at 6 p.m.