DUE WEST, S.C. – The UWG Wolves volleyball team rolled to a 3-0 sweep over North Greenville in Friday's opening game of the Fleet Classic in Due West, S.C. on the campus of Erskine College. Later in the afternoon, the Wolves fell by a 3-1 count to Lander in their final match of the day.
West Georgia hit .232 on the afternoon, which kept the Crusaders offense out of rhythm as North Greenville hit .188 in the contest. A pair of juniors led the way for West Georgia, as Katie Hanson and McKenna Wharton each had nine kills in the win.
Wharton had five of her nine kills in the first set, helping the Wolves to a 27-25 victory to open the match. Despite the set being so close, the Wolves never trailed in the set, thanks to a 5-0 run to start the match. The Crusaders fought back, eventually tying the game up on three occasions, but Wharton’s fifth kill put the game away, giving the Wolves the early lead.
North Greenville picked up their first lead of the afternoon in the second set, but it was short lived, as the Wolves jumped out to a 16-9 lead. West Georgia continued to pour it on, winning the second set by a 25-18 score on the back of four kills each from Wharton and sophomore Anjelina Webb.
The third set started out as a tight back-and-forth battle with 12 ties in the set. But with the frame tied at 17-17 the Wolves turned to Hanson, who put down four of her team-high nine kills to help the Wolves close out the match on a 7-2 run, completing the sweep over NGU.
Along with Wharton and Hanson with nine kills, Webb finished the contest with six kills, while Madeline Rexrode and Emilee Harris chipped in with four. Madi Fleming continues to fuel the offensive flow, totaling 23 assists in the win. Defensively, Wharton led with 11 digs while Autumn Burnette had three blocks to lead the Wolves.
In the evening session, the Wolves came out strong in the first set, taking down Lander by a 25-17 count to take a 1-0 lead in the match, but Lander came roaring back in the second set, hitting .406 in the frame and taking a 25-14 victory over the Wolves.
The third set saw West Georgia cut down on offensive errors, but Lander outdueled the Wolves to the tune of 17 kills to 10, powering to a 25-17 victory and taking a 2-1 lead in the match. In the fourth and final set, things were much more even across the board, but Lander proved to be too much on the day, handing UWG a 25-22 defeat.
The Wolves move to 3-2 on the season and return to the floor on Saturday at 9 a.m. to take on Francis Marion in the second day of the Fleet Classic in Due West, S.C.