On Saturday afternoon, the Oglethorpe volleyball team traveled to Conway, Arkansas, for their fifth straight road match. The Stormy Petrels lost the match 3-1 against the SAA rival Hendrix Warriors for the second match-up of the season between the two teams. With the Stormy Petrels unable to come away with a victory, they are now 2-13 on the season, 0-9 in SAA play.
The first set appeared promising with the Petrels creating a 10-4 led. After a couple of exchanges of points, Hendrix would fight back with a 6-0 run, causing them to bring them to within a point, 15-14. The set would remain competitive with neither team developing an advantage. With the Petrels leading the set 20-19, the Warriors would go on a 6-1 scoring tear, though, giving them the win in the set, 25-21.
The Petrels didn't start the second set as strong as the first, with the Warriors generating a 12-5 advantage. The Warriors would continue extending their lead to 20-8, but the Petrels were able to create an 8-4 run of their own. However, the Warriors lead proved too much for the Petrels to overcome; the Warriors won the set 25-16.
The Petrels had a very good third set, jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead. With the set even at 3-3, the Petrels would begin a 6-3 run and never looked back. The Petrels would continue their fight by extending their lead to 20-11. The Petrels came away with a 25-16 win in the stanza.
The fourth and final set proved to be similar to the second set for the Petrels. The Warriors started the set by going on a 9-2 run. The Warriors would continue pushing out their lead to 20-9. However, the Petrels wouldn't give up, and they managed to create a 5-1 run before the Warriors were finally able to pull out the victory 25-14.
The Petrels still had a few standout performances. One key player for the Petrels was senior setter Jordan Jones, who had a good all-around performance. She recorded 13 digs, 29 assists and 4 kills. Freshman outsider hitter Jacoby Sims led the team with 13 kills, while sophomore libero Taryn North led both teams with 25 digs.
"I thought we did a good job of hanging in against a good Hendrix team down 2-0," said Oglethorpe head coach Joseph Goodson. "We didn't give up, and we forced a fourth set as a result. Hopefully, we can take that momentum into Sunday's match against Rhodes."
The Petrels will travel to Memphis, Tennessee, on Sunday to face Rhodes at 2 p.m. Eastern. After that, the Petrels will return home to take on Birmingham-Southern on Friday at 7 p.m.