The Oglethorpe volleyball team had a tough matchup Sunday afternoon in Conway, Arkansas, against a Hendrix team that came in undefeated in SAA play. The Stormy Petrels fought hard, but fell 3-0 to the homestanding Warriors, losing sets 25-20, 25-22 and 25-19. The defeat dropped the Petrels to 3-13 on the season overall and 1-6 in SAA play.
Hendrix got off to a good start in the opening set, going on a 9-2 run to take a 10-3 lead. They extended that with four straight points and took a 15-6 advantage. Down 21-11, the Petrels started working their way back into the set. They outscored the Warriors 6-2 over a brief stretch to make the score 23-17. Hendrix earned a set point to make it 24-17, but the Petrels won three consecutive points to make it 24-20. The Warriors finished it off from there, though, winning 25-20 to take a 1-0 lead.
Oglethorpe got off to a good start in the second set, building a 9-3 advantage. The teams traded 3-point runs and the Petrels still led 13-7, but the home side turned the set around with a 14-3 run that gave them a 21-16 lead. Three straight Oglethorpe points made it 21-19, but the Warriors were able to trade points the rest of the way and win the set 25-22.
Hendrix gained the upper hand with a 6-3 lead early in the third set, but the Petrels responded with a 4-1 run to tie it at 7-7. A 5-1 minirun from the Warriors gave them a 13-9 lead, but the visitors used a 4-1 run to pull to within a point, 14-13. Hendrix ran off five straight to take a 19-13 lead and control of the set, though. They went on to win 25-19 and clinch the match.
Junior outside hitter Brianna Chin had 11 kills and 12 digs for the match, while sophomore outside hitter Jacoby Sims finished with 13 kills. Freshman setter Grace Holder accrued 16 assists, while fellow freshman setter Emma Williams added 15 assists and 9 digs. Senior middle hitters Haili Nelson and Ashlee Tolbert recorded 4 total blocks each.
The Petrels will be back home over the upcoming week. They'll take on No. 23 Berry from Dorough Field House Wednesday at 6 p.m., then will host Centre, Sewanee and No. 7 Emory over the course of the week.