CARROLLTON, Ga. - West Georgia volleyball looks to rebound in Gulf South Conference action this weekend, taking on the Shorter Hawks and the Valdosta State Blazers, beginning Friday evening in Rome against the Hawks.
Friday, September 14 - West Georgia at Shorter, 6 p.m. - Winthrop-King Centre - Rome, Ga.
Saturday, September 15 - Valdosta State at West Georgia, 1 p.m. - The Coliseum - Carrollton, Ga.
Last Time Out
The 2018 home and Gulf South Conference opener saw the Wolves struggled out of the gate against the Lee Flames, and UWG was unable to recover in the match, falling by a 3-0 count to the Flames. Friday will be the home opener for the Shorter Hawks, a team that has spent the first eight matches of the year on the road. The Hawks most recently played Valdosta State, falling in Valdosta 3-0. Valdosta State will take on Lee on the road Friday evening ahead of Saturday's match in Carrollton.
West Georgia comes into the first road GSC match of the year with a 5-3 overall record and a 1-0 spot against Gulf South Conference competition. Shorter opens their home schedule with a 3-5 record overall and an 0-1 record in the league. Valdosta State is 5-8 overall this season and 1-0 against GSC opponents. There is one common opponent among the three schools, as each has played North Greenville University. The Wolves beat NGU 3-0 at the Erskine tournament two weeks ago. Shorter and VSU played the Crusaders at Limestone this past weekend, with the Hawks losing 3-2 and the Blazers falling 3-1.
West Georgia on Offense
Junior setter Madi Fleming runs the offense for the Wolves, averaging nearly eight assists per game on the year thus far. Junior outside hitter McKenna Wharton comes into the weekend leading the team with 3.22 kills per set, and she has a total of 15 service aces on the year. Fleming is also solid in the serrving game with 13 service aces this season. Sophomore JoJo Webb and freshman Emilee Harris are also strong on the attack this season, with Harris averaging 2.33 kills per set.
West Georgia on Defense
The back line has essentially been by committee through the first eight matches of the year for the Wolves. Devon Dickey has been the libero for the bulk of the time, but senior transfer Anna Metzler stepped in as the libero in game two against Lee. Metzler has 36 digs on the year, but the team leader in that category is Wharton, who averages 2.70 digs per set. Next in line is Dickey at 2.67 digs per set on the year. On the front line, Niah Bruce leads the way with 19 blocks on the year, followed by Kaylyn Buchanan with 13 blocks.