DUE WEST, S.C. – A solid offensive attack helped the West Georgia Wolves volleyball team to a 3-1 victory in Saturday morning's contest against Francis Marion in the Fleet Classic in Due West, South Carolina. In the evening session, the Wolves dominated in all facets of the game, taking down host Erskine with a 3-0 victory.
The two wins move West Georgia to 5-2 in the early part of the season as the Wolves head into Gulf South Conference play on September 11.
West Georgia’s offense hit .308 in the Francis Marion win, led by Emilee Harris with 11 kills and Madi Fleming who notched 40 assists in the win. Things really looked West Georgia’s way in the morning match as the Wolves jumped out to a 2-0 lead, before Francis Marion got the third set to get right back in it.
In the opening set, the Wolves only trailed early in the set, but then jumped out to an 11-2 lead and outlasted the Patriots 25-21 to take the early lead in the match.
It was a similar story in the second set, as a 5-0 run gave the Wolves an early 9-4 lead. From there, the Wolves cruised to a 25-19 victory to take a commanding lead in the match.
Francis Marion clawed their way back into the match with a 25-21 decision in the third set, but the Wolves pounded the Patriots in the fourth and decisive set, 25-13, closing the match out on a 9-3 run.
McKenna Wharton was second on the team in kills behind Harris with 10 kills while Katie Hanson was just behind her with nine. Wharton led the back line with 11 digs while Harris had 10. At the net, Niah Bruce led the way with four blocks.
In the second match of the day for the Wolves, another big hitting match was a major key to head coach Jon Moseley's fifth win thus far. The Wolves opened the match with a .190 percentage in a 25-18 first set victory. In the second set, UWG turned on the afterburners, hitting .420 and committing just three errors en route to a 25-14 victory and a 2-0 lead in the match.
The third and final set was one of the best sets of the year for the Wolves thus far, as West Georgia delivered on 17 kills in 33 attempts with just two erors in the set and a 25-18 victory. Anjelina Webb led the team with six kills in the match, while Aisha Ambrose had two blocks.
The Wolves will have a 10-day hiatus before returning to action in The Coliseum for the first time this season in a 6 p.m. match against Lee University.