CARROLLTON, Ga. - The West Georgia Wolves locked up the third seed at the 2019 Gulf South Conference tournament with win number 12 in league play, besting the Mississippi College Choctaws 3-0 on Friday night at The Coliseum.
It was senior night for the Wolves, as West Georgia honored Madi Fleming, Autumn Burnette, and McKenna Wharton to begin the trio’s final weekend at home. Fleming led the Wolves to a .262 hitting percentage on the night with 40 assists. West Georgia had a whopping 20 kills in the second set alone
The first two sets were extremely close, as the Choctaws were solid in the serving game. The Wolves, one of the top serving teams in the league, had just four aces on the night compared with five from Mississippi College. The Wolves were the first to set point in the opening set, taking a 24-21 lead late as one of the first three-point leads of the first set. After two MC points, a kill from Tierra White finished the set off with a 25-23 win.
The second set was also close, as neither team could get a good foothold on a lead. West Georgia took a 24-22 lead, but MC fought right back, tying things up at 24. The two teams went back-and-forth, but a pair of points late gave the Wolves a 29-27 win. In the third set, the Wolves jumped out to a 9-2 lead early and never looked back, winning 25-21 to take the match.
Freshman Carrington Terrell led the Wolves with 13 kills on the night, followed by White with 12 kills and Wharton with 11. Sophomore libero Emilee Harris led the way for the Wolves on the back line with 15 digs.
West Georgia moves to 18-11 on the year with a 12-3 record in Gulf South Conference play. The win total is the most for a UWG squad since the Wolves had 27 wins in 2007, and the 12 conference victories is a school record. The Wolves will receive a first-round bye into the second round, playing the winner of the game between sixth-seeded Auburn-Montgomery and the seventh-seeded team in the tournament, which has not been determined yet. The tournament will be played in Pensacola, Fla. at the UWF Field House on November 22-24, with times yet to be announced.