The Oglethorpe volleyball team had a tough day Sunday at Dorough Field House, losing a pair of matches to fall to 4-7 on the season. The first match of the day was a 3-0 defeat to conference foe Millsaps, dropping them to 0-3 in SAA play on the season. The second was a hard-fought out-of-conference contest against Huntingdon which, though competitive throughout, ended 3-1 in favor of the visiting Hawks.
In the second of the two matches, the Stormy Petrels fell behind the visiting Hawks early in the opening set. Huntingdon went on a 10-2 run to open up a 13-7 advantage. The teams went back and forth for a stretch and the visitors led 19-13 later in the set, but the Petrels began a run of eight straight points to suddenly vault into a 21-19 lead. However, the Hawks answered with a 5-1 stretch of their own to move back ahead 24-22 and attain set point. Oglethorpe staved off game point once, but Huntingdon eventually put it away for the 25-23 win in the opening set.
The Petrels answered back in the second, but it was Huntingdon who got off to a fast start, jumping ahead 6-2. A colossal 15-3 run by the Petrels took care of that, though, vaulting the home team ahead 17-9. Huntingdon began a comeback of their own at that point, reeling off four of the next five points to cut the Oglethorpe advantage to 18-13, then adding four more in a row to make it 21-18. The two teams traded points from there, though, which suited the Petrels just fine. They eventually put away the set 25-21, tying the match up.
The third set featured 5-1 and 5-0 runs by Huntingdon early in the stanza, resulting in an 11-6 lead for the visitors. Oglethorpe came back with four straight points to cut it to 11-10, but Huntingdon responded with a 9-3 run of their own to push back ahead 21-14. The teams traded 3-point runs, leaving the Hawks ahead 24-17 and giving them set point. Oglethorpe answered by winning five straight points to cut it all the way to 24-22. However, Huntingdon put it away there to take the set 25-22.
The fourth set proved to be an exciting, back-and-forth affair. Oglethorpe took a 6-2 lead, but Huntingdon came back to tie it up 8-8. The teams then traded points for much of the rest of the set. The score was still tied at 18-18, but the Petrels went on a 3-0 run to take a 21-18 lead. A 5-0 run by the visitors vaulted them back on top 23-21, though. They then attained match point at 24-22. The Petrels fought it off, though, winning three straight to gain a set point of their own up 25-24. The sides traded 2-point runs, resulting in Oglethorpe pulling back ahead 27-26. The Hawks finished with three consecutive to end it, however, winning 29-27.
Junior middle hitter TaKorya Green led the Petrels with 17 kills in the match, hitting .500 in the process. Impressively, she converted on 17 of 30 total attacks while committing just two errors. Sophomore outside hitter Emilee Etter added 11 kills, while freshman outside hitter Jackie Schner recorded 10 to go with 10 digs. Sophomore setter Grace Holder passed out 28 assists and senior libero Alex Prots led all participants with 18 digs.
In the first game of the day against Millsaps, the Petrels were competitive in the first set. They fell behind 9-5 early, but answered back with a 4-1 run to cut their deficit to just 10-9. Millsaps traded a 4-point run with a Petrel 3-point run and found themselves ahead 14-12. They then slowly pulled out to a 20-15 lead. After back-to-back points by Oglethorpe, the Majors ran off three straight to take a 23-17 lead. The home side responded with three more to pull back to within three, 23-20, but the Majors finished off the next two points to win the set 25-20.
Millsaps started the second set on a 9-0 run. Oglethorpe fought back with three straight to make it 12-6, but the Majors responded with three straight of their own. They then went on point runs of four straight and three straight to push out to a 22-10 lead en route to a 25-14 second-set victory.
The Majors began the second set in much the same fashion, running out to a 9-2 lead. Oglethorpe slowly pushed back into it, cutting the Millsaps lead to 12-8. However, the visitors went back on a 9-3 spurt to take full control of the set and go ahead 22-12. The Majors closed out the set 25-14 to clinch the match.
Holder led the team with 18 assists for the match, while junior libero Hailee Bugg added a match-high 14 digs.
The Petrels will be back in action Wednesday night when they welcome Covenant to Dorough Field House at 7 p.m. After that, they'll head across town to take on No. 2 Emory at 6 p.m. Thursday, then will host Centre and Sewanee over the weekend in SAA play.