CARROLLTON, Ga. - The West Georgia Wolves came out firing strong against the Valdosta State Blazers in the Gulf South Conference opener of the 2017 season. The Wolves won the first set, then the tables turned as the Blazers took a 3-1 victory.
First Set - Wolves 25, VSU 22
The two teams battled early, with West Georgia taking quick 7-5 lead in the first set on the strong arm of Anjelina Webb. The freshman had two kills in the first seven points to lead the way to that early lead, forcing a timeout from Lady Blazer head coach Mike Swan. The two teams continued their see-saw battle, with West Georgia holding the upper hand through the next nine points, keeping that two-point lead intact. Webb stayed on fire, hitting on back-to-back kills to put the Wolves up by a 21-17 margin late in the set. Valdosta State fought back hard, tying the frame at 22-22, but the Wolves scored three straight, including two straight blocks from Niah Bruce to close out the set with a 25-22 victory.
Second Set - VSU 25, Wolves 17
West Georgia came out firing on all cylinders in the second set, and sophomore Autumn Burnette set the tone early with a block on the first point. That gave the Wolves a 1-0 advantage and was the third straight point off of a block for UWG. VSU came back and took a 3-2 lead, but the Wolves reeled off five straight points to force a timeout, leading 7-3. Valdosta scraped back in the set and pushed ahead, winning the frame by a 25-17 margin to tie the match at 1-1.
Third Set - VSU 25, Wolves 14
In the third set, the Wolves continued the trend that started in the first two sets, playing the role of frontrunner and opening up a 10-6 lead early in the match. Valdosta reversed the momentum and went on a 14-3 run, taking a 20-13 lead late in the frame. The Blazers then reeled off four straight points and finished off the match at 25-14, taking a 2-1 lead in the match into the fourth set.
Fourth Set - VSU 25, Wolves 11
The fourth and final set started in a different fashion than the first three sets, as Valdosta State took the momentum from the outset, opening a 16-6 lead early before coasting to a 25- victory to take the match.
West Georgia falls to 1-8 on the year and 0-1 in Gulf South Conference play, while the Blazers move to 7-3 on the year and 2-0 in the conference. West Georgia has a week off before taking on another GSC opponent, Auburn-Montgomery next Saturday on the road.