CARROLLTON, Ga. - For the first time, the West Georgia Wolves will compete in the Flagler Classic at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL. The classic will feature Lees-McRae, Walsh University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical, and host Flagler. UWG opens with Flagler on Sept. 13, at 12:00 PM and will also play Lees-McRae on Friday afternoon as well.
After a slow start to the first weekend, the Wolves finished in strong fashion, blasting Trevecca Nazarene and Montevallo by a 3-0 count on Saturday afternoon to open the year with a 2-2 record after the first four matches.
This weekend will be the second of three tournament weekends for the Wolves this season. West Georgia opened at the UAH Classic last weekend in Huntsville, Ala., and will now travel to St. Augustine, Fla. for four matches this weekend. The final tournament will be on October 18-19 in Birmingham, Ala., with the annual GSC-SSC Crossover.
Freshman of the Week
UWG freshman middle Tierra White made history on Tuesday, becoming the first UWG player to win Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Week. White had 41 total kills with a .390 hitting percentage and added 13 blocks to earn the nod from league officials in the weekly voting. Her biggest game came against Alabama Huntsville when she had 13 kills with just two errors to lead the Wolves.
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.
Wharton All-Around Play
Senior outside hitter McKenna Wharton was a big part of the Wolves’ 2-2 start to the season this past weekend. Wharton had 36 kills in the four matches, averaging 2.77 kills per set with a .220 hitting percentage for the weekend. Wharton and freshman Tierra White tied for the most kills in a single match this weekend, as both had 13 against Alabama Huntsville on Friday evening in Spragins Hall.
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.
Fleming Starts Strong
The West Georgia Wolves started with a solid hitting weekend in Huntsville. Much of that was driven by senior setter Madi Fleming, who delivered on 122 assists in the first weekend of the season. The Columbus native comes into the second weekend of the season needing just eight assists to become just the fifth setter in school history with 2,000 career assists. She is averaging 9.38 assists per set on the season, leading the Gulf South Conference after the first weekend.
Hitters Junior and Freshman
Anjelina Webb and Carrington Terrell had a strong first weekend for the Wolves, as both averaged more than two kills per set through the first four matches of the season. Webb started with 2.54 kills per set, good for third on the team while Terrell averaged 2.27 kills per set in her first weekend of collegiate volleyball.