CARROLLTON, Ga. - Intercollegiate volleyball is back on campus this week at the University of West Georgia, as head coach Jon Moseley and his squad will have the first officially posted competition of the fall this Thursday, with the Wolves taking on defending Division III champion Emory at The Coliseum. First serve is set for 6 p.m. Admission to the match is free.
The Wolves return a solid nucleus off of last year's team, a squad that won 11 matches, the most for UWG volleyball since the 2014 season. Emory, a longtime power in Division III volleyball, won the 2018 National Championship in dominant fashion with a 3-0 win in the championship match. Leading the charge against the Eagles Thursday will be a trio of seniors in setter Madi Fleming, outside hitter McKenna Wharton and outside hitter Autumn Burnette.
Fleming had a breakout season in 2018, shattering personal bests in every statistical category. She had 789 assists, which moved her to fifth all-time in assists at West Georgia. Fleming needs just under 200 assists to become the fifth setter to collect 2,000 assists in a career.
While the senior setter will have a plethora of young talent to distribute to in 2019, Wharton and junior Anjelina "JoJo" Webb return after spending the 2018 season as her two main targets. Wharton led the team with 261 kills on the year in 2018, with Webb just behind her with 179. Another returner who was on the team last year but didn't play is Hannah Flack, who transferred from Shorter and had to sit out before getting a chance to play as a junior this season.
Emilee Harris had a solid freshman year in 2018, producing 89 kills, and she will be another presence on the outside for the Wolves. Joining that group is Caitlin Frazee out of Kennesaw, Ga., a tall outside hitter who could have an impact this year.
In the middle, Niah Bruce returns for her junior season with 131 career blocks as the active leader in that category. She will be joined by a pair of freshmen who were All-State in Georgia High School Volleyball last year. Tierra White was a First Team honoree from Columbus, Ga., while Carrington Terrell was also an All-State middle from Whitewater High School in Fayetteville.