CARROLLTON, Ga. - The 2017 volleyball season began on Friday afternoon for the West Georgia Wolves in the city of St. Petersburg, Fla. at the Eckerd College Classic. The Wolves fell 3-0 to host Eckerd in the opener, then lost a 3-1 result to Notre Dame College in the late session.
Freshman Anjelina Webb led the Wolves on the first day of the season with 14 kills over the course of the two matches. That included 11 kills at a .200 hitting percentage in the second match of the day against Notre Dame for the newcomer from Fayetteville, Ga.
The Wolves struggled to find points in the opener against Eckerd, as only Webb and freshman middle Madeline Rexrode had three kills in the match. As a team, West Georgia had one ace and one block in the contest. Freshman Jaylen Daffin led the way for the Wolves on the back line in the match, collecting 11 digs in her first collegiate action.
In the second match of the day, the Wolves had a similar result in the first two sets, falling behind 2-0 after a 25-15 and 25-16 loss. But in the third set, fueled by Webb and sophomore Faith Pearson, West Georgia came back strong, scoring five straight points at the end of the set to take a 25-22 victory and force a fourth set in the contest.
Pearson and Webb had the first double-digit kill games for the Wolves this season in the second game, with Webb leading the way with 11 kills. Pearson added 10 for the cause in the second game of her second year at UWG. Victoria Rushin and Madi Fleming split time at setter for UWG, with Rushin delivering on 18 assists to Fleming's 14. Daffin had 11 digs for the second-straight match.
The Wolves will play two more matches in Florida on Saturday, taking on St. Edwards at 10 AM tomorrow morning, followed by a 5:30 PM match against Kentucky Wesleyan to close out the weekend.