CARROLLTON, Ga. - Everything seemed to be pointing the way of the wolf on Saturday afternoon on the final day of the UAH Classic in Huntsville, Alabama, but the Ouachita Baptist Tigers (3-0) turned things around in the third set, winning three straight to take a 3-2 victory over the West Georgia Wolves (2-1).
The loss was the first at West Georgia for new head coach Jon Moseley and his young squad, as the Wolves went 2-0 in the first day of the 2018 season on Friday against LeMoyne-Owen and host Alabama Huntsville. It was the first sub-.200 hitting match for a UWG team that hit .434 and .205 in the first two matches of the year. Against OBU, the Wolves had a .181 hitting percentage.
The Wolves were on fire for the first two sets, allowing Ouachita Baptist just seven kills and forcing seven errors while delivering on 12 kills in an opening set 25-16 victory. In the second set, junior setter Madi Fleming and the West Georgia offense pushed it into overdrive with a 17-kill, four-error effort, hitting .406 in the frame off of 16 assists from Fleming. OBU struggled offensively in the set, with just nine kills, but limited errors with only three as the Wolves took a 25-19 victory and a 2-0 lead in the match. .
Over the final three sets, the Wolves' offense struggled, committing 21 of the 30 UWG errors in the match with 28 kills while Ouachita Baptist delivered on 33 kills with just 11 attack errors. The Tigers used those numbers to turn the match around, winning 25-18 in both the third and fourth sets to tie the match at 2-2, then winning with a 15-8 victory in the fifth set.
McKenna Wharton continued her blistering start with a 16-kill effort, one short of her career high of 17, and Emilee Harris was second on the team on the day with 15 kills. Fleming's 49 assists was a career-high for the junior from Columbus.
The Wolves return to action next weekend at the Erskine Tournamanet in Due West, South Carolina, taking on North Greenville and Lander on August 31, followed by a battle with Francis Marion and Erskine on September 1.