CARROLLTON, Ga. - The West Georgia Wolves were within an eyelash of forcing a fifth set in Valdosta Saturday afternoon, but the Valdosta State Blazers came back late in the fourth set, winning 3-1 in the match.
The Wolves fell into a 2-0 hole in the road match, falling 25-16 in the opening set followed by a 25-17 loss in the second set. West Georgia had just seven kills in each set while the Blazers put down 14 in the first set and 12 in the second.
In the third set, however, the Wolves came out firing on all cylinders. West Georgia led 10-5 early in the frame and never trailed, winning 25-22. Sophomore Aisha Ambrose led the way with five of her team-high 11 kills in the set as the Wolves pulled to within one in the match at 2-1. UWG was strong in the middle, as Ambrose and Niah Bruce combined for eight kills and no errors to lead the offensive effort. Bruce added a pair of blocks with Kaylyn Buchanan to help on the defensive side.
The fourth set saw the Wolves continue to maintain the aggressor's role in the match, as West Georgia jumped out to a 4-1 lead, trailing only briefly at 1-0. The Blazers trailed UWG 18-14 before going on a 6-2 run to tie the set at 20-20, then outraced the Wolves to the end with a 27-25 victory to close out the match.
Bruce led the team in blocks with seven, followed closely by Ambrose with five. Emilee Harris had a career-high 21 digs in the match, followed by JoJo Webb with 13 and Madi Fleming with 10. The Wolves fall to 11-12 on the year with a 5-8 record in conference play. West Georgia will return home for Senior Night on Tuesday, facing the Auburn-Montgomery Warhawks at 7 p.m. Papa-John's will sponsor the evening, giving 50 free pizza coupons to the first 50 fans in attendance at the match.