The Oglethorpe volleyball team suffered a tough loss to the visiting Sewanee Tigers at Dorough Field House Sunday afternoon, dropping the match 3-1. The Stormy Petrels and Tigers split the first two sets, but Sewanee won the next two to clinch the match. The result dropped the Petrels to 5-10 overall and 0-5 in SAA play.
Oglethorpe got off to a 5-2 start in the first set, but the Tigers responded with a big run, outscoring the Petrels 7-0 over the next seven points to take a 9-5 lead. After back-to-back Oglethorpe points, Sewanee then finished the stanza on a 16-4 stretch to easily win it 25-11.
The Petrels answered back in the second set, though. They took an early 4-3 lead, but saw Sewanee answer back with a 5-1 run to go ahead 8-5. The Tigers led by as much as 12-9 before Oglethorpe started their way back into the set, going on a 4-0 run to take a 13-12 lead. The visitors responded with a five-point run to take a 17-13 lead, but Oglethorpe came right back. They went on a 9-3 run to take a 22-20 lead. Sewanee scored three straight to attain set point at 24-23. However, with things looking bleak for the Petrels, they made a stand and didn't lose a point for the remainder of the set, rolling off three straight to win it 26-24, and tied the match up.
That momentum did not carry over into the third set, though, as Sewanee started off on a 12-2 run. The Petrels went back on a 5-1 run to cut their deficit to 13-7, but the visitors answered with a 10-4 run to all but put the set away at 23-11. The Tigers wound up winning it 25-13.
The teams engaged in a competitive fourth set, going back and forth early as it was tied 7-7. The Petrels finished three straight points to take a 10-7 lead and still led 15-12, but Sewanee came back to tie it 15-15. The teams continued to go back and forth with the Petrels taking a 19-18 lead, but Sewanee used five straight points to take a 23-19 advantage. Oglethorpe answered back with four straight points of their own to tied it up, though. The Tigers scored the final two points of the set to take the set 25-23 and the match with it.
Sophomore outside hitter Emilee Etter led the way offensively for the Petrels, accruing 11 kills to go along with 10 digs. Sophomore setter Emma Williams added 18 assists, while senior libero Alex Prots led the team with 18 digs. Sophomore setter Grace Holder contributed 16 assists of her own
The Petrels will be back in action from Memphis, Tennessee, on Saturday. They'll take on the homestanding Rhodes Lynx there at 1 p.m. Eastern before continuing to Conway, Arkansas, to battle Hendrix on Sunday.