CARROLLTON, Ga. - Tuesday night was a tough night for the West Georgia Wolves in The Coliseum, as the Auburn-Montgomery Warhawks upended the Wolves on Senior Night, handing UWG a 3-0 loss in Gulf South Conference play.
Seniors Devon Dickey, Katie Hanson, and Anna Metzler played their final match on the court at The Coliseum on Tuesday evening, as the University of West Georgia and the volleyball program honored the trio with a special ceremony prior to the match.
The Wolves struggled with an answer to AUM middle hitter Brianna Garvin, who put down 17-of-32 attacks on the evening with just one error on the offensive side. Defensively, she led the Warhawks with four blocks, including a pair of solo blocks. West Georgia had double-digit kills performances out of Anjelina Webb and McKenna Wharton, who each had 10 kills, but in a combined 75 total attacks.
The match was close throughout, and neither team held more than a four-point advantage in the opening set. The two teams were knotted at 14-14 before AUM went on a 5-1 run to take a 19-15 lead in the set. West Georgia battled back and a block from Niah Bruce and Webb tied the set at 21-21, but the Warhawks came right back, closing out the set at 25-22 with a 4-1 run.
In the second set, the Wolves flipped the script and led at 19-15 after a kill from McKenna Wharton. AUM continued with that theme, taking a page out of the West Georgia book from the first set and forcing a tie at 23-23. The Wolves scored first after that and were on set point, but AUM reeled off three-straight points to take a 26-24 victory and a 2-0 lead in the match.
The third set had a similar outcome to the first, as the Wolves led even later in the frame at 21-17. The Warhawks again battled back, tying the set at 23-23 and then winning the match with a 26-24 final in the third set.
West Georgia will close out the 2018 season this weekend on the road, beginning on Friday at Mississippi College. The season finale will come on Saturday afternoon as the Wolves visit the West Alabama Tigers in Livingston, Alabama.