CARROLLTON, Ga. - The West Georgia volleyball squad lost a heartbreaker on Tuesday evening at The Coliseum, falling 3-0 to the Georgia College Bobcats in non-conference action.
The first set was a hard-fought battle that nearly saw the Wolves pull off a magnificent comeback against the Bobcats. Georgia College opened the match with a 3-0 lead, and at one point in the set, led 20-12. But then, in what would be a trend on the night, with a rotation that had McKenna Wharton on serve, West Georgia mounted a comeback. The Wolves reeled off eight-straight points and forced GC to call two timeouts, tying the set at 20-20. Trailing 24-23 and with the Bobcats on set point, the Wolves' block came up big.
First, it was freshmen Anjelina Webb and Aisha Ambrose with a block to tie the set at 24-24. That was followed with a solo block from Wharton to give the Wolves a 25-24 lead. But Georgia College roared back with three straight points to take the set at 27-25. Wharton, Webb and Autumn Burnette each had three kills in the set and Niah Bruce led the way at the net with three blocks.
Georgia College opened up a 5-1 lead in the second set before the Wolves again mounted a comeback. West Georgia pulled to within two points at 16-14, but couldn't get over the hump, as the Bobcats went on a 9-4 run to close out the second set with a 25-18 victory. GC's Ebony Powers was on fire in the set, delivering on seven kills while Wharton led the Wolves with four and another solo block.
In the final set, the two teams had a see-saw battle, but Georgia College went up for good at the 15-14 mark, closing out the match with a 25-22 victory over the Wolves. Wharton again had four kills, ending up as the Wolves' leader with 11 kills in the match. As a team, West Georgia had 12 blocks in the contest, with five from Niah Bruce.
West Georgia will be on the road this weekend at the South Region Crossover at the Hoover Met in Hoover, Ala. The Wolves will take on Florida Tech on Friday at 1:15,