Volleyball fights valiantly against Hendrix, but falls 3-0

Volleyball fights valiantly against Hendrix, but falls 3-0

The Oglethorpe volleyball team played three tight sets with the visiting Hendrix Warriors Saturday afternoon inside Dorough Field House, but the Warriors won all three en route to a 3-0 win. They won the sets 25-22, 25-23 and 25-22, respectively. The result dropped the Stormy Petrels to 5-16 on the season overall and 0-11 in SAA play.

The Petrels got off to a good start early in the match, scoring five points in a row to take a 5-1 lead in the opening set. Hendrix answered back with a 7-2 run and took an 8-7 lead, then ran off four straight to build their advantage to 13-10. However, Oglethorpe scored seven consecutive points off the serve of sophomore setter Grace Holder and flipped the set around, taking a 17-13 lead. The Warriors answered back, as they did several times over the course of the match, and scored five straight of their own to take a 19-18 lead. The home side pushed ahead 20-19 and 21-20, but the visitors finished the set on a 5-1 run to win it 25-22.

The second set began exactly as the first had, with Hendrix scoring the first point of the stanza and Oglethorpe running off five straight. The Petrels maintained their advantage at 8-4, but the Warriors went on a 5-0 run to briefly turn the set back into their favor 9-8. However, Oglethorpe again went on a run, this time rolling off five straight and taking a 13-9 lead. The visitors responded with nine consecutive points, though, and asserted control of the stanza with an 18-13 advantage. The Petrels fought back into the set a couple times, reducing their deficit to 19-18 and then to 24-23 after Hendrix had attained set point at 24-21. The visitors put it away on the next point, though, winning 25-23.

Hendrix jumped out to a lead in the third set, making it 5-1 early and extending that advantage to 10-5. The teams traded three-point runs, but then Hendrix came up with another one to make it 18-11. The Petrels responded in a big way, outscoring the Warriors 8-1 over a stretch and tying the score at 19-19. The visitors outscored the home side the rest of the way, though, and finished off the set 25-22.

Junior middle hitter TaKorya Green led all participants with 10 kills and three service aces, and she accrued a .318 hitting percentage. Freshman outside hitter Jackie Schner added eight kills and 13 digs. Senior libero Alex Prots led all participants with 17 digs, while Holder did the same with 21 assists. Freshman right-side hitter Noelle Davidson led the team with four blocks. 

The Petrels will be back in action on Sunday from Dorough Field House. They'll have Senior Day festivities before taking on Rhodes at noon. Defensive specialist Sara Bahri, libero Alex Prots and outside hitter Monique Ellis will be honored for their careers as Stormy Petrels.

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