CARROLLTON, Ga - The West Georgia Wolves won their first Gulf South Conference match of the 2017 season on Friday evening, on the road against the Mississippi College Choctaws. The Wolves took the match in straight sets after a late rally in a very dramatic third set.
First Set - Wolves 25, Choctaws 20
Webb and fellow outside Autumn Burnette were a strong 1-2 punch for the Wolves in the opening set. The two squads battled back and forth for the first 40 points before the Wolves rattled off seven straight to take the opening set. Among that run were three straight points from Webb on kills, who closed out the first set with four kills. Burnette also had four kills as the Wolves hit .240 in the opening frame to take the victory.
Second Set - Wolves 25, Choctaws 17
West Georgia jumped out to an early lead in this one, vaulting to a 12-7 advantage on the back of a very quick and outstanding defensive back line. The Wolves continued pushing, but it was the final push that was the nail in the coffin, as West Georgia scored four-straight after leading 21-17 to take a 25-17 victory and move to a 2-0 lead in the match. Freshman libero Jaylen Daffin led that back line through the first two sets, collecting 14 digs.
Third Set - Wolves 29, Choctaws 27
The third set of the match returned to a back-and-forth affair, as neither team held more than a two-point lead until Mississippi College took a 22-19 lead late in the set. Four points later and the Choctaws were sitting on set point with a 24-21 lead. West Georgia rallied, erasing the lead and starting another back-and-forth rally between the two squads. With the Wolves leading 28-27, MC's Madison Frazier's attack went wide, giving the Wolves a 29-27 victory.
Daffin and Webb led the way with 19 and 18 digs, respectively, while Madi Fleming and Victoria Rushin split the setter duties to the tune of 17 and 14 assists, respectively. Webb was the Wolves' leader in the match in kills with nine and Niah Bruce had four blocks. West Georgia returns to action on Saturday afternoon at Pruitt Hall in Livingston, Ala., taking on the West Alabama Tigers in more Gulf South Conference action.