The Oglethorpe volleyball team had a tough matchup Wednesday night at Dorough Field House. They were able to hang tough against No. 21 Berry, especially in the second set, but fell 3-0 in the end. That result dropped the team to 3-14 on the year overall and 1-7 in SAA play.
The Stormy Petrels went on a 4-1 run to take a 4-3 lead early in the first set, but Berry responded with a huge 12-2 run to take a 15-6 lead. Oglethorpe responded with a 7-2 run of their own to make it 17-13, but Berry used a 5-1 stretch to take control of the stanza and won it, 25-17.
Berry jumped out to an 8-2 lead to start the second set, then continued with a 6-1 minirun to take a 14-6 lead. Oglethorpe responded in a big way, though, going on a 9-2 run to pull to within a single point, 16-15. A 4-1 stretch moved the Vikings back ahead by four, 20-16, but the home side finished five straight points to swing ahead, 21-20. The Petrels went back ahead at 23-22, but Berry finished the final three points of the set to win it, 25-23.
The two teams traded points early in the third set, and Berry had an 8-5 lead. Oglethorpe responded with a 6-1 burst to take the lead, 11-9, but Berry soon took control of the set. They outscored the Petrels 15-5 over the remainder of the stanza to win it, 25-17, and clinch the match in straight sets.
The Petrels will be back in action on Saturday, when they welcome Centre to Dorough Field House for a 1 p.m. start. Oglethorpe will take on both Sewanee and No. 12 Emory in a tri-match on Sunday.