CARROLLTON, Ga. - West Georgia dropped a pair of tough matches, falling 3-1 to Walsh in the morning and then falling 3-1 to Embry Riddle on Saturday afternoon in the Flagler Classic in St. Augustine, Fla.
Set One Result - Wolves 25, Walsh 22
The Wolves came out firing on all cylinders in this one, jumping out to an 8-3 lead early in the first set. With both offensive and defensive parts clicking, West Georgia continued to push, building a 20-13 advantage. Walsh came back, going on an 8-1 run to tie up the set at 21-21. On the next point, senior setter Madi Fleming and freshman middle Carrington Terrell connected for a massive kill to give the Wolves the advantage, then an ace from Hannah Flack gave UWG a two-point advantage.
Set Two Result - Walsh 25, Wolves 18
In the second set, the Cavaliers used the momentum they gained during the first set, building a 21-11 lead. The Wolves made a comeback, using a solid block from all sides to pull within five at 23-18, but that was as close as the Wolves would get as Walsh scored the final two points of the set to tie the match at 1-1.
Set Three Result - Walsh 25, Wolves 20
Walsh picked up the upper hand early in the third set, taking a 13-9 lead while continuing the momentum from the second set. West Georgia countered, though, going on a 10-3 run, and a Wharton ace gave the Wolves a 19-16 lead as the set progressed. Walsh responded, going on a 9-1 run to take a 25-20 win in the set.
Set Four Result - Walsh 25, Wolves 22
West Georgia came out firing in the fourth set, scoring the first four points of the frame. The Wolves continued to push, building a 19-13 lead with six points needed to win the set and force a fifth. Walsh fought back, however, going on a 12-2 run to close the match at 21-21.
Set One Result: UWG 25, ERAU 21
McKenna Wharton led the offensively for the Wolves in the opening set of the final match, putting down five kills in eight total chances. It was Wharton’s service ace that made it a 13-12 UWG advantage midway through the set and gave the Wolves the lead for good as they powered to the four-point victory.
Set Two Result: ERAU 25, UWG 23
The Wolves opened the second set winning the first five points, and eventually opening up a 10-3 lead. Embry-Riddle, however, battled back and pulled within two before UWG stretched it back to a five point-advantage at 15-10. ERAU then went on a 6-1 run, tying it up at 16-16. The set was tied 23-23 with UWG serving, but a service error gave the momentum back to the Eagles and they would capitalize to even the match.
Set Three Result: ERAU 25, UWG 14
Embry-Riddle led for the majority of the third set, taking the lead for good early with the match at 5-4. Reigning GSC Freshman of the Week Tierra White led the Wolves offensively in the set with three kills.
Set Four Result: ERAU 30, UWG 28
A marathon of a set came in the fourth and it was neck and neck nearly the whole way through the set. ERAU looked as if they may pull away with a 4-0 run to make it 14-10, but the Wolves fought back, tying things at 17-17 and eventually regaining a lead at 20-19 on an Autumn Burnette block. UWG had set point at 24-23 and 25-24, but could not get the ball down to seal the fourth set win. ERAU took advantage and eventually won the long set, 30-28
Tierra White led the way with 13 kills while Hannah Flack added 12 and McKenna Wharton chipped in with 10. Madi Fleming ended the match with 42 assists. Defensively, Wharton led the way with 16 digs.
The Wolves are at home on Tuesday for the 2019 home opener, hosting Clark Atlanta at 7 p.m. inside The Coliseum.