CARROLLTON, Ga. - The West Georgia Volleyball squad won their fourth-straight match on Tuesday evening in dramatic fashion, taking down the Augusta Jaguars 3-2 in a five-set match.
Tierra White, named Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Week earlier Tuesday, led the Wolves with 17 kills in the match and Carrington Terrell chipped in with 13 kills and six blocks to lead the Wolves. With the win, UWG moves to 8-6 on the year while Augusta falls to 11-3.
Augusta came out of the gate fast in the opening set, jumping out to an 8-3 lead early in the match. A kill from Carrington Terrell made the score 8-4 and kicked off an 11-6 run that saw the Wolves claw back and tie the set at 14-14. West Georgia's first lead of the set came at 15-14 on an attack error from Nicolette Ramos, and the Wolves would not trail again in the frame, and an Augusta service error with the score at 24-23 put UWG over the top for a 1-0 lead in the match. White led the way in the set with five kills, followed closely by Terrell with four kills, and Madi Fleming had 12 assists to lead the effort.
The momentum built by the strong close from the Wolves carried over to the second set, as the Wolves did the jumping this time, building an 18-9 lead. The two teams battled back-and-forth, going 7-7 down the stretch as West Georgia took a 2-0 lead in the match. McKenna Wharton had four kills with no errors and White had four kills with one hitting error to pace the offense in the second set.
West Georgia looked strong early in the third set, taking a 10-5 lead in the early part of the frame. But Augusta didn't win 11 matches early in the season by accident, and with Ramos leading the way, the Jaguars caught the Wolves and took a 25-23 victory. That momentum carried over for Augusta, as the Jags dominated the fourth set to the tune of a 25-9 victory to set up the fifth and final set.
The Wolves weren't fazed by the comeback from the Jaguars, as West Georgia quickly built a 9-2 lead in the fifth set, cruising to a 15-7 win to take the match.
Fleming had 47 assists in the match to lead the effort, and Wharton added 12 kills as the third UWG hitter with double-digit kills. Emilee Harris and Anjelina Webb tied for the lead with 12 digs, followed closely by freshman Molly Kate Atkins with 10 digs.
West Georgia returns to Gulf South Conference play on Friday evening, taking on West Florida in a battle of the final two unbeaten teams in Gulf South Conference play. First serve for Friday's match is set for 6:00 p.m.