CARROLLTON, Ga. - The final weekend before the annual Gulf South/Sunshine State Conference Crossover has the West Georgia Wolves traveling west to take on the West Alabama Tigers on Friday evening, followed by a 4 p.m. match with Mississippi College on Saturday. The Wolves are one of three teams tied for third in the GSC heading into this weekend.
West Georgia comes into the weekend with a 9-7 record overall after a 2-1 week against Augusta, West Florida, and Auburn-Montgomery. West Georgia won a huge 3-2 match over Augusta on Tuesday, then fell 3-1 to West Florida on Friday evening. The week finished with a 3-0 victory for the Wolves over Auburn-Montgomery to move to 4-1 in conference play.
UWG middle hitter Tierra White is the only player in the Gulf South Conference to win the league’s Freshman of the Week honor more than once. On Tuesday, she was named Freshman of the Week for the third time this season after a stellar performance last week. She averaged 3.83 kills per set and 1.00 blocks per set, helping the Wolves to a 2-1 week against an opposition that came into the week with a combined 30-11 record on the year.
West Alabama comes into the season with a record that could be deceiving. The Tigers are 5-13 on the year, but the first five matches of the season were against teams ranked in the top-15 nationally. The Tigers have lost six straight, including five consecutive against Gulf South Conference competition.
The final match of the weekend will have GSC teams looking ahead to the GSC/SSC Crossover next week, as seedings for that tournament will be released on Sunday afternoon ahead of the event in Birmingham next weekend. West Georgia has never been in the top half of the seedings of the crossover, and with a successful weekend this week, the Wolves may have two consecutive years of firsts with that event.
Mississippi College comes into the weekend with a 7-11 record overall and a 2-3 record against GSC competition. The Choctaws pushed West Florida to five sets in Pensacola and lost 3-1 to Auburn-Montgomery.
MC is eighth in the Gulf South Conference in hitting percentage on both sides of the net. The Choctaws are allowing teams to hit .193 on the year and are also hitting .193.