CARROLLTON, Ga. – The 2017 volleyball season came to a close on Friday evening at the University of Montevallo, as the Wolves fought hard against the homestanding Falcons, falling 3-2 after taking a 2-1 lead in the match.
Montevallo opened the match on their senior night with some fire from the Student Activities Center, but it was the Wolves that started the match with two straight points. After that, it was all Montevallo in the first set, as the Falcons went on a 20-3 run to take a commanding 20-5 lead in the frame. The Falcons looked to be in complete control of the set, leading 24-10 on set point. At that point, Victoria Rushin stepped up to serve and served the Wolves to 10 straight points, cutting the UM lead to 24-20 before the Falcons closed out the set with a kill.
The second set was a see-saw battle, with neither team taking much of a large advantage. West Georgia had the largest lead of the set at 10-6 before Montevallo came back to take a 15-13 advantage. The Wolves then retook the lead at 18-17, then outraced the Falcons to 25 with a 25-22 victory to tie the match at 1-1. In the third set, West Georgia came out firing on all cylinders, building a quick 6-1 advantage. The Wolves continued to push and led 14-7 before Montevallo went on a run.
The Falcons then went on a 9-2 run to tie the set at 16-16, setting up a see-saw battle over the final points of the set. Four points later, the Falcons took their first lead of the third set, with senior Kristy Bohan on the block to give UM a 20-19 advantage. GiGi Guinn returned the favor, tying the set again at 20-20. Both teams took leads in the final points, but West Georgia scored on two-straight with the set tied 23-23 to take the set and a 2-1 lead in the match.
Montevallo then forced a fifth set in the match with a powerful performance in the fourth set, downing the Wolves 25-14 and setting up the thrilling conclusion to the 2017 volleyball season. In the final set, Montevallo jumped out to an 8-5 lead before the two teams switched sides. But that was as close as the Wolves would get, as Montevallo went on a 7-1 run to close out the match.
Anjelina Webb and McKenna Wharton each had 12 kills for the UWG offensive effort on the night. The Wolves finish the 2017 season with a 4-26 record overall and a 2-14 record against Gulf South Conference competition.