CARROLLTON, Ga. - The first GSC tournament match for the West Georgia Wolves in six years went the way of the Wolf on Friday evening, as the Wolves took a 3-2 victory over the Auburn-Montgomery to advance to the semifinals on Saturday evening.
West Georgia, the third seed in this year's Gulf South Conference Volleyball Championship, will face second-seeded Alabama Huntsville on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (EST) in the semifinals of the tournament at the UWF Field House in Pensacola, Fla. Host and top-seeded West Florida will face fourth-seeded Union at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday in the other semifinal match. The win gives West Georgia a 20-11 record on the season, marking the sixth time in school history that a UWG volleyball team has won 20 matches in a season.
First Set - Warhawks 25, Wolves 21
Auburn-Montgomery came out with loads of momentum from their first-round victory over Valdosta State, taking an early 9-3 lead in the opening set of the quarterfinal round. The Wolves mounted a comeback after a timeout from head coach Jon Moseley, and three-straight kills from Emilee Harris on three-straight swings cut into the AUM lead at 11-8. The Warhawks went on another run, using a solid game on the front line with back-to-back blocks to take an 18-11 lead. The Wolves responded with a 7-1 run to cut the AUM lead to 19-18. That was as close as UWG would get to the Warhawks, as AUM had a 6-3 run to close out the set.
Second Set - Wolves 25, Warhawks 21
The first 14 points of the match were a back-and-forth affair, with neither team leading by more than a point in that span. At that point, the Wolves picked up two consecutive points to take a 14-13 lead on a kill from Harris, forcing a timeout from the Warhawks. The Wolves went on a 7-4 run, taking the first three-point lead of the set at 20-17. The Wolves pushed forward in the final points, flipping the script on the Warhawks with a 25-21 victory to tie the match at 1-1.
Third Set - Wolves 25, Warhawks 18
The Warhawks came out swinging in the third set, taking an early 9-4 advantage and forcing an early timeout from Moseley. The timeout turned things around quickly, as the Wolves went on an 11-2 run to take a 15-11 lead. AUM cut the advantage to two at 16-14, but a pair of kills from Tierra White pushed the Wolves back out to a four-point advantage at 18-14. West Georgia pushed the lead out to six at 22-16, then coasted to a 25-18 victory and a 2-1 lead in the match.
Fourth Set - Warhawks 25, Wolves 16
Another set and another slow start for the Wolves, as Auburn-Montgomery came out on fire in the fourth set, taking an early 10-2 lead. The Wolves went on a 7-5 run, cutting the lead to 15-9 midway through the set. The Warhawks continued to push through in the set, taking the 25-16 victory to force a fifth set.
Fifth Set - Wolves 15, Warhawks 8
West Georgia jumped out to a slim 4-2 lead, but AUM scored back-to-back points to tie it up at 4-4. West Georgia went on a 3-1 run, and on a kill from Autumn Burnette took a 7-5 lead midway through the set. The Wolves continued to push, winning the race to eight as the teams switched benches with UWG leading 8-5. The run extended to 7-1 as the Wolves took a commanding 11-5 advantage. West Georgia finished off the match with a kill from McKenna Wharton on match point to take the 3-2 victory.