CARROLLTON, Ga. - The 2018 volleyball season finally comes to The Coliseum, as the West Georgia Wolves begin the home schedule on Tuesday evening, taking on the Lee Flames in head coach Jon Moseley's debut on the UWG sideline at 6 p.m.
UWG RECORD: 5-2
LEE RECORD: 2-8
LAST TIME OUT
The West Georgia Wolves have not played for nine days, finishing up the Erskine Classic in Due West, SC, last Saturday with a 3-1 record. The Wolves bested host Erskine and Francis Marion on the final day of that classic, winning 3-1 over FMU and 3-0 over Erskine. The Flames were 1-2 at the West Florida tournament this past weekend, beating Harding before falling to Spring Hill and West Florida.
WHARTON MOVES TO THE HEAD OF THE CLASS
McKenna Wharton has been the leader offensively for the Wolves this season, and she comes into the match averaging 3.38 kills per set. Wharton has had double-digit kills in four separtate matches, with a double-double in three of those, with a high of 17 against Lander earlier this season. She also leads the Gulf South Conference in service aces per set with 0.63, as she has 15 total aces on the year.
UWG ON OFFENSE
The Wolves lead the league in hitting percentage, delivering on 24 percent of attacks thus far on the year. Junior setter Madi Fleming has been driving that percentage, averaging 7.92 assists per set on the year. Freshman Emilee Harris has been very accurate on the attack thus far this season, coming into the seventh match of the year with a .291 hitting percentage.
SPREADING THE DIGS AROUND
There is no decided leader on the team thus far this season in digs, as four different players average between 2.5 and 3.5 digs per set on the year. Anna Metzler, who has played in nine sets, has 3.33 digs per set on the year, but another senior, Devon Dickey, averages 2.89 digs per set with 55 digs on the season. The most digs on the team goes to Wharton, who has 66 digs, averaging 2.75 digs per set.
ANATOMY OF 5-2
Through the first seven matches of the year, the West Georgia Wolves have been even in terms of sets played. The Wolves have had three matches that ended in a 3-1 score, and also had three matches that ended with a 3-0 score. The Wolves have one five-set match under Moseley, losing 3-2 to Ouachita Batpist on the first weekend of the season.
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE FLAMES
Lee comes into Tuesday's match with a peculiar look to their schedule. The Flames are just 2-8 on the season, but Lee has played two teams that are currently among the top-25 nationally, and has played twice against a team that is a perennial power in Division II volleyball.
Fans wishing to access The Coliseum may park in The Coliseum Lot, which is directly across University Parkway from The Coliseum. Handicapped parking is available in the lot directly in front of the building on a first come, first served basis. All West Georgia volleyball events are free to see.
CARROLL COUNTY YOUTH NIGHT
West Georgia volleyball welcomes teams from the Carroll County recreation league to the first Carroll County Youth night with West Georgia volleyball. Young volleyball players from around the area are invited to join us at The Coliseum to get a look at what may be possible in the future with hard work and dedication.
The event will be streamed live via the University of West Georgia Livestream page at www.livestream.com/uwg. Fans may also follow along via live stats at uwgstats.com, or listen live on The WOLF Sports Internet Radio.