CARROLLTON, Ga. - The final weekend of the 2019 regular season is up next, and for the first time since 2013, the West Georgia Wolves will not finish the regular season and close out the year. The Wolves are playing for seeding now, as an 11-3 record has West Georgia sitting in third place in the GSC Standings. The Wolves will take on Mississippi College on Friday at 6 p.m. followed by a Saturday matchup at 2 p.m. against West Alabama in the finale.
West Georgia comes into the weekend with a 16-11 record overall on the 2019 season. The Wolves are currently third in the Gulf South Conference standings with a 11-3 record. West Georgia is just ahead of Union and Montevallo, but a win this weekend would cement West Georgia as the third seed in next week’s GSC tournament.
Mississippi College comes into the weekend looking to make the Gulf South Conference tournament, and the Choctaws are seventh in the league with a 5-9 record. West Alabama is just behind in eighth place, and the two teams are looking to hold off a hard-charging Valdosta State and Christian Brothers attack in the late season.
Senior McKenna Wharton has been solid all-around this season for the Wolves, and last week she set a new school single-season record for aces. The former record for service aces since the rules changed to 25 points in 2008 was 53 by Emily Reul. This past weekend, Wharton delivered on her 54th ace of the season, setting the new record. She comes into this weekend with 58 aces.
Freshman middle hitter Tierra White has now won six individual weekly awards from the Gulf South Conference, including five Freshman of the Week honors and one Offensive Player of the Week. She comes into the weekend as one of the most prolific hitters in a single season for UWG volleyball since the 2008 season, as she is third among hitters in that span with 361 kills. She set a new single-season record with 112 blocks this past week.
Three different Wolves are at or near the top of the Gulf South Conference in one category heading into this weekend. White is one of the top hitters in the nation, leading the GSC with a .388 percentage. Senior setter Madi Fleming leads the GSC in assists with 10.12 per set, and senior outside hitter McKenna Wharton leads the nation with .59 service aces per set.