CARROLLTON, Ga. - McKenna Wharton and Anjelina Webb had a solid weekend at The Coliseum, leading the Wolves to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Mississippi College Choctaws in Gulf South Conference play.
For the second-straight match, the 1-2 combination attack of Wharton and Webb delivered for head coach Jon Moseley, this time leading to a victory. Wharton had 19 kills against West Alabama on Friday night in a five-set match, then turned around and did the same thing in Saturday's four-set match, as she broke and then tied her personal best twice this weekend. Webb, who was injured during preseason camp, had her first double-digit kill night against UWA on Friday, then was second on the team on Saturday with 12 kills.
'We are trying to work harder in practice and push each other in practice and that helps us perform better on the court," said Webb. "It feels great to play at home and show our fans how hard we have been working this year."
Mississippi College was the aggressor in the first set, delivering on 16 kills with just three errors en route to a 25-23 victory. The Choctaws built a 10-5 lead early in the set, then held on after West Georgia pushed for the tie late in the frame. A Wharton kill pulled West Georgia within two at 21-19, but MC pushed the lead back out, winning 25-23 to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
The two teams battled back-and-forth early in the second set, with Mississippi College taking a small 12-10 lead midway through the frame. West Georgia responded with a 10-2 run, taking a commanding lead in the set at 20-14. The Wolves kept the Choctaws at bay for the remainder of the set, winning 25-20 to tie things up at 1-1 in the match.
Neither team could get a foothold on a lead in the third set, as the score was 15-15 just past the midway point of the set. A 4-1 run for the Wolves pushed the lead out to three, and West Georgia kept the lead the rest of the way, winning 25-19 to take a 2-1 lead in the match. The fourth set saw the two teams tied at 5-5, but two straight points from the Wolves pushed the lead to 7-5, and West Georgia never trailed for the remainder of the match, winning 25-20 in the final set.
Junior setter Madi Fleming had 39 assists and five different players had double-digit digs to keep the MC offense at bay. Fleming, Emilee Harris, Jaylen Daffin, and Anna Metzler each had 13 digs to lead the team, while Wharton had 10 digs for her fourth double-double effort of the year. Kaylyn Buchanan and Niah Bruce each had seven blocks in the match, and Faith Pearson added five blocks to lead the defensive effort at the net.
West Georgia returns to action on Thursday at The Coliseum, taking on the Christian Brothers Buccaneers at 6 p.m.