CARROLLTON, Ga. - For the second time this season, the West Georgia Wolves won a five-set match on Saturday afternoon, as the Wolves picked up a 3-2 victory over the Eckerd Tritons at the GSC/SSC Crossover in Hoover, Ala.
The win was the second for West Georgia in the seventh season of the event that began in Carrollton in 2013. The Wolves beat Nova Southeastern in last year's Crossover event in Orlando, Fla. for the first win, giving head coach Jon Moseley a 2-2 record through his first four matches in the Crossover.
Senior McKenna Wharton and freshman Tierra White led the Wolves in the five-set victory, as Wharton was a tough out at the service line. The UWG outside hitter had six service aces on the day to lead a UWG team that had 13 total aces in the match. White had 19 kills to follow-up on 13 kills from Friday's match against Tampa. The UWG middles were tough on the Tritons, as Carrington Terrell added 13 kills as well in the match.
The two teams were tied in a tight battle for the first 15 points, as the opening set was tied 15-15 at that point. The Wolves reeled off four of the next five points to take a 20-16 lead, then pushed ahead for a 25-19 victory. Eckerd jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second set and held a 20-17 lead late in the set. West Georgia fought back, tying the set at 23-23, and with the set tied at 25-25, the Tritons put up two consecutive points for a 27-25 victory and a tie in the match at 1-1.
West Georgia played the role of front-runner in the third set, jumping out to a 19-12 lead before an Eckerd run cut the Wolves' lead to just one at 22-21. The Wolves used kills from both Terrell and White to score three of the final four points of the set, moving ahead 2-1 with a 25-22 victory. In the fourth set, neither team led by more than two points for the bulk of the set, even until the final point and a 25-23 win for Eckerd to send the match to a fifth set.
The Wolves won the race to eight early in the fifth set, leading 8-5 at that point. The Tritons would never catch up at that point, as the Wolves secured the 3-2 victory with a 15-9 win.
Lynn 3, West Georgia 0
In the final match of the weekend for the Wolves and the Fighting Knights, West Georgia would come out swinging, but Lynn would get the final word with a 3-0 victory.
The Wolves came out on fire, building a quick 10-4 lead in the opening set. At that point, Lynn went on a 17-8 run, building a 21-18 lead before closing out the set with a 25-22 victory. In the second set, the Fighting Knights never trailed, building a 7-1 lead and never looking back for a commanding 25-12 win and a 2-0 lead in the match. In the third set, the Wolves jumped out to a 4-0 lead early, but a 7-2 run from Lynn erased that lead and gave the Fighting Knights a one-point advantage. With the score tied at 11-11, Lynn went on an 8-0 rn that essentially put the match away, as the Wolves didn't see a lead again in the final set.
White added seven kills in the match to lead the UWG offense, and the freshman had 39 kills over the three matches for the weekend. The Wolves exit the weekend with a 12-9 record on the year, and West Georgia will be back in action next Friday, taking on the Union Bulldogs in Jackson, Tenn.