CARROLLTON, Ga. – The West Georgia Wolves fell to Montevallo in the first match of the 2017 UWG Volleyball Tri-Match, losing 3-0 at The Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. In the late match, the Wolves lost 3-1 to the Augusta Jaguars to close out the day.
Montevallo 3, UWG 0
The Falcons and Wolves were in a close battle in the opening set of the 2017 UWG Volleyball Tri-Match. Throughout the first set, neither team led by more than four points, but it began with a 4-1 run for the Wolves, followed by a 7-0 run from Montevallo to give the Falcons an early 8-4 lead. West Georgia clawed their way back into the set, tying it up at 15-15 before Montevallo closed out the set with a 10-5 run to take a 1-0 lead.
In the second set, the Falcons led from the outset, using a powerful serving game to keep the Wolves off-balance throughout the frame, then taking a 2-0 lead with a 25-15 victory in the set. West Georgia jumped out early in the third set with a 3-1 lead, but the Falcons went on an 11-2 run to take a 12-5 lead in the set. UM kept the Wolves at arm’s length for the remainder of the set, closing out the match with a 25-18 victory. McKenna Wharton led the Wolves with 10 kills in the match, and Paige Peterson had 14 digs to lead the defensive effort.
Augusta 3, UWG 1
The Wolves came out firing on all cylinders in the opening set against Augusta, building an early 13-9 lead, then using a seven-point swing with McKenna Wharton on serve to build a 20-12 lead. Five points later for West Georgia and the Wolves had taken the first set 25-18. Anjelina Webb was on fire in the set, delivering on six kills to lead the offense. The Wolves were big on the front line in the frame, collecting four team blocks, with four blocks from freshman Aisha Ambrose.
The second set was the complete opposite of the first, as Augusta came out on fire, building an 11-1 lead in the first 12 points of the set. West Georgia was able to do little to cut into the advantage, falling 25-12 to tie the match at 1-1. West Georgia stayed close with the Jaguars in the early part of the third set, but at the midway point of the frame, Augusta built themselves an 18-9 advantage. The Wolves charged hard at the end of the set, cutting the Augusta lead to 24-22 late in the set before an attack error from the Wolves ended the set at 25-22. In the fourth set, things were very similar to the third set, as Augusta built a 17-9 lead, then closed out the match with a 25-16 win.
Webb led the Wolves with 14 kills in the match, followed by Faith Pearson, who had 11 kills. Madi Fleming had 21 assists to lead the offense and Victoria Rushin had 18 assists. Freshman libero Jaylen Daffin had 25 digs, her second-highest single-game total in her first season at UWG.