CARROLLTON, Ga. - The 2019 West Georgia volleyball schedule is one of the toughest in recent memory, and the trial by fire for the young Wolves continues Friday in South Carolina, as UWG takes on the Lander Bearcats on the road. First serve is set for 6 p.m. Friday
West Georgia comes into the weekend with a 4-5 record overall on the year after a successful start to the home season with a 3-0 win over Clark Atlanta on Tuesday. West Georgia hit .316 in the first match at The Coliseum, led by eight kills from freshman Carrington Terrell and 23 assists from senior setter Madi Fleming.
Friday’s match at Lander is the final match against a non-conference opponent before conference play begins at Lee on Tuesday. Including Friday’s match, the Wolves have just five non-conference matches left in the season. That includes three against currently unknown Sunshine State opponents at the GSC-SSC Crossover in Birmingham on October 18-19.
Senior setter Madi Fleming comes into the weekend needing less than 600 assists to move into fourth place all-time in career assists at West Georgia. Against Flagler last week, she became the fifth setter in school history to surpass 2,000 assists in a career. She is currently third in the Gulf South Conference in assists this season, averaging 9.19 assists per set on the year.
The Wolves had their best night of the year in the hitting department against Clark-Atlanta on Tuesday, hitting .316 as a team. It was the first time that West Georgia has hit over .300 in a match this season and the first time since September 1, 2018. The Wolves had three matches with a hitting percentage above .300 in the 2018 season, all happening before that match on September 4. It was also the first time that West Georgia has had single-digit attack errors this season.
Freshman middle blocker Tierra White made a splash in her first weekend of collegiate volleyball two weeks ago in Huntsville, Alabama, leading the Wolves with 41 total kills, averaging 3.13 kills per set over the four matches. She was named the first Freshman of the Week of the 2019 season by the Gulf South Conference and comes into the third week of the year averaging a team-high 2.83 kills per set.
Four players are averaging more than two kills per set on the season for the Wolves, led by White. McKenna Wharton is delivering on 2.75 kills per set this year and is slightly behind White, who is averaging 2.83 kills per set. JoJo Webb is next with 2.36 kills per set, followed by Carrington Terrell, who moved to 2.00 kills per set after Tuesday’s match.
The coaching staff has been rotating two players at the libero position throughout the season, with Emilee Harris and Jaylen Daffin each getting a shot at the jersey. Harris leads the Wolves in digs thus far on the year with 2.62 while Daffin is just behind with 2.41 per set. Wharton is also in the conversation, averaging 2.25 digs per set on the year.
West Georgia enters Friday’s contest with the lead in team service aces in the Gulf South Conference in 2019. The Wolves have 83 aces on the year, led by Wharton with 18. Just behind Wharton is Fleming, who comes into the week with 17 aces. Freshman Molly Kate Atkins is third on the team with 12 aces on the year.