CARROLLTON, Ga. - The West Georgia Wolves will enter the 2019 GSC-SSC Crossover with their best record in the six years of the annual event, as the Wolves completed a Saturday sweep over the Mississippi College Choctaws Saturday afternoon in Clinton, Mississippi.
The Wolves rode a punishing middle attack on the afternoon, led by freshman Carrington Terrell, who had 10 consecutive successful attacks before her first error of the day, and the middle finished the day with 13 kills in the three-set victory. She and fellow middle Tierra White combined for 25 kills on the day and Kaylyn Buchanan added four blocks to help power the Wolves to victory. Setter Madi Fleming had another double-digit average in assists on the day with 34, directing the UWG offense to a .283 hitting percentage.
West Georgia will likely be the fourth seed on the Gulf South Conference side of next week's Crossover event in Birmingham. The Wolves have never been in the top-half of the conference in this event. The official schedule will be announced on Sunday.
First Set - Wolves 25, Choctaws 18
The UWG middles pounded the back line of the Choctaws in the first set, as Carrington Terrell and Tierra White combined for 12 kills in a first set victory for the Wolves. The two teams came out firing back-and-forth, with neither team taking a significant advantage in the first eight points. West Georgia won the race to 10, taking a 10-8 lead early. The Wolves then continued that run, making it an 8-4 run to take a 16-12 lead and forcing a timeout from MC. The Wolves kept the pressure up, leading 20-14 late in the set, then White ended the set with a kill for a 25-18 victory.
Second Set - Wolves 25, Choctaws 12
Gulf South Conference play is always competitive, and that's how the first nine points of the second set played out, as neither team took more than a one-point lead in that span, and the teams were tied 9-9. MC reeled off two-straight points to take an 11-9 lead, but West Georgia fired right back with four consecutive points to take a 13-11 lead and force an MC timeout. The run continued out of the timeout with a block from White and McKenna Wharton, then Wharton was in on her fourth-straight point with a kill to give the Wolves a 15-11 lead in a 6-0 run. The run was everything in this set, as the Wolves went from an 11-9 deficit to a 25-12 victory, taking a 2-0 lead in the match with a 16-1 run.
Third Set - Wolves 25, Choctaws 14
Another set, another back-and-forth battle early in the frame. The Wolves were the first team to take a lead of more than two points in the set, as an attack error from the Choctaws gave the Wolves a 15-12 lead. West Georgia continued to push forward with four more points in a row, taking a commanding 19-12 lead. The Wolves didn't stop there, closing out the match with a 6-2 run to win 25-14.