CARROLLTON, Ga. - The West Georgia Wolves open the 2019 volleyball season on the road at the UAH Classic Friday. For the second consecutive season, the West Georgia Wolves will open the year with a trip to Huntsville, Alabama for the UAH Classic. This year’s classic features one of the toughest opening opponents in recent memory, as the Wolves will take on the Harding Bison on Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in Spragins Hall.
In the first year under head coach Jon Moseley, the Wolves went seven better in the win column, taking 11 victories in 2018 after just four victories in 2017 before he came to Carrollton. Last year’s 11 wins included five Gulf South Conference victories.
West Georgia has not reached the Gulf South Conference tournament since the 2013 season when the Wolves reached the GSC FInals. UWG has been to the Gulf South Conference championship game twice in school history, winning the tournament in the finals at the conclusion of the 2007 season and in 2013.
Year Two Under Moseley
The first year under head coach was a great step forward for the UWG volleyball program, as the Wolves more than doubled their win output from the 2017 season. Year two under Moseley brings the Wolves to a senior season for setter Madi Fleming, outside hitter McKenna Wharton, and middle blocker Autumn Burnette.
Preseason GSC Standings
West Georgia was picked to finish seventh in the 2019 Preseason Coaches’ Poll, released recently by the Gulf South Conference. Should the Wolves finish in that spot or higher, UWG would earn a berth into the 2019 Gulf South Conference tournament. West Florida was picked as the favorite to win this year’s crown, and the Argos have won the past two league championships. Montevallo, Alabama Huntsville, and Lee round out the top four in this year’s standings.
Fleming Moves Up
Senior setter Madi Fleming had 789 assists last year as a junior, a career high for the Columbus native. That pushed Fleming into the top five in career assists at West Georgia. She is now within 1,000 assists of fourth place Micque Parker. If Fleming and the Wolves have a solid year hitting, the career record of 3,226 is within striking distance. Fleming enters the year with 1,819, so she would need 1,407 assists this season to hold that record. Three setters in school history have had that many in a single season, which puts Fleming in that conversation.
September On the Road
The Wolves will open the 2019 season as road warriors, as UWG will only play in the friendly confines of The Coliseum twice in the month of September. The first match at home for UWG will not be until the second week of the season, as the Wolves will host Clark Atlanta at 7 p.m. on September 17. The only other September match at The Coliseum will be on September 26 against the Shorter Hawks. First serve for that one is set for 7 p.m.
Webb Prepped for Strong Start
Junior JoJo Webb was set for a great sophomore year in 2018, but an early-season injury forced the Fayetteville native to postpone the start of her year last season. This year. Webb is healthy for the first match of the year and is looking for a return to her freshman season when she averaged 3.13 kills per set.
The coaching staff has been hard at work on the recruiting trail in this offseason, and the Wolves are primed for a solid debut for a freshman class that includes three All-State performers. Tierra White and Carrington Terrell will be a big influence in the middle while Caitlin Frazee roams the outside.