On Saturday afternoon, the Oglethorpe volleyball team traveled to Danville, Kentucky, to face SAA rival Centre. The Stormy Petrels would lose the match to the homestanding Colonels, 3-0, dropping them to 2-9 on the season overall and 0-7 in SAA play.
The Petrels started the first set quite competitively by gaining a 2-1 advantage. However, this would prove to be the Petrels only lead of the set. They were able to remain within striking distance until the Colonels went on a 10-3 run, pushing their lead out to 20-10. The Petrels would not give up and finished the set on a 6-5 run, but the Colonels would win the set 25-16.
Oglethorpe started the second set nearly identically to the first, but the Petrels were able to prevent any large scoring run by the Colonels. The Petrels were never down more than five points at any time of the set. Even though the Petrels were able to tie the set at 21-21 with a quick 3-0 mini-run, culminating a larger 8-3 stretch. Centre pulled it back out from there, though, winning the competitive set, 25-22.
The third and final set began with the Petrels creating a 4-0 advantage, but the Colonels came back. After a few back-and-forth points by both teams, Centre managed to go on a 9-0 run, giving them a 14-11 lead. Outside of a three-point Oglethorpe run that cut the scoreline to 17-16 later in the set, Centre gained control. They outscored Oglethorpe 8-4 the rest of the way to win the set, 25-20, and the match, 3-0.
Even with an Oglethorpe loss, the Petrels had some strong performances by key players. Junior outside hitter Santreece Stephens led the Petrels with 10 kills on the match. Sophomore libero Taryn North and sophomore defensive specialist Alex Prots tied for the team lead with 10 digs each. Additionally, senior setter Jordan Jones led the squad with 22 assists.
The Petrels will travel to Sewanee, Tennessee, on Sunday at 2 p.m. to play against SAA rival Sewanee. The following Thursday, the Petrels will return to the Atlanta area, but remain on the road facing Agnes Scott and Emory in a tri-match on Agnes Scott's Decatur campus.