CARROLLTON, Ga. - West Georgia volleyball returned to The Coliseum on Friday evening, pushing the West Alabama Tigers to the hilt in Gulf South Conference action. In the end, however, the Tigers came out on top with a 3-2 result.
West Alabama barrelled through the West Georgia defense in the first period, using a powerful service game and a strong attack to hand the Wolves a 25-11 loss. The Tigers had 13 kills, with just four errors in the frame to take a 1-0 lead in the match. West Georgia turned the tables in the second set, as the Wolves jumped out to a 5-1 lead early in the set.
Junior McKenna Wharton and sophomore Anjellina Webb combined for 13 kills in 23 attempts in the second set, with neither player committing an error. Niah Bruce chipped in three kills as the Wolves took a 25-21 victory, tying the match at 1-1.
The third set saw the Wolves force 12 hitting errors from the Tigers while West Georgia played relatively error-free, committing just three errors in the set. As a team, UWG hit better than .350 in the second and third sets combined, winning 25-18 in the third to take a 2-1 lead in the match. The Tigers came roaring back in the fourth set, winning 25-20 to force a fifth and deciding set.
West Georgia kept things close in the final set, but the Tigers delivered 10 kills in the 15 points in the final set, taking a 15-11 victory to take the match.
Wharton had a career-high 19 kills in the match, adding 11 digs for her fourth double-double of the season. Webb had a season-high 16 kills in the match, committing just five errors for a .262 hitting percentage. Setter Madi Fleming had 41 assists in the match, the third match of the year with 40 or more assists for the junior. Senior libero Anna Metzler had a season-high 18 digs in the match, leading the back line. As a team, the Wolves had 10 blocks in the match, led by Niah Bruce with five.
The Wolves will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, taking on the Mississippi College Choctaws in Gulf South Conference play at 2 p.m. in The Coliseum.