Volleyball Preview: The GSC/SSC Crossover
CARROLLTON, Ga. -
The annual Gulf South/Sunshine State Conference Crossover has the West Georgia Wolves traveling to Birmingham, Ala. to take on some of the top talent in the nation, as the Wolves will open the annual event on Friday at 4:45 against defending national champion Tampa. The weekend will conclude with two matches on Saturday with UWG facing Eckerd and Lynn.
West Georgia comes into the weekend with an 11-7 record overall after a 2-0 weekend on the road against West Alabama and Mississippi College. For the second time this season, the Wolves have won three consecutive conference matches, beating Auburn-Montgomery, West Alabama, and Mississippi College.
The Wolves face a Tampa team that has won six consecutive matches coming into the Crossover, and the Spartans currently have a record of 11-6 overall. Tampa has played a Gulf South Conference opponent once this season, beating Valdosta State 3-0. Eckerd comes into the weekend with an 11-5 record on the year, but the Tritons have lost three of their last five. Lynn is 13-3 on the year with losses to Saint Leo, Tampa, and Alabama Huntsville.
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.
Record Book Watch
Terrell Steps Forward
Freshman middle Carrington Terrell had a phenomenal week against GSC competition last week, averaging 3.71 kills per set with a .579 hitting percentage. Terrell was on fire at Mississippi College, as she was 10-for-10 on attacks in the first two sets. She ended the match with her third-straight 13-kill performance with just one error in 15 attacks for a hitting percentage of .800.
Fleming Leads the GSC
Senior setter Madi Fleming has been tearing up the conference this season, and this past week was one of the best of her career in terms of assists per set. She averaged 10.46 assists per set on the week and stayed at the top of the conference, averaging 10.11 assists per set for the season. She has 2,476 career assists, and needs 252 to move into fourth place all-time at West Georgia in that category.
Record Book Watch
Senior McKenna Wharton moved into the top-15 all-time at West Georgia in total attacks two weeks ago, and this past week moved up to 13th with 2,364. She also needs 11 to move into 12th place in that category. She is also two service aces away from becoming the 13th player in school history with 100 career aces. She currently has tied her career high with 32, needing just one more to set another number.
West Georgia has not had a 30-dig player since former All-American Melissa Holt had 32 digs against Palm Beach Atlantic on October 19, 2013. Emilee Harris came close in the Wolves’ 3-0 win over Auburn-Montgomery, picking up a career-high 23 digs against the Warhawks. Harris is now averaging 3.53 digs per set on the year for the Wolves, just outside of the GSC top-10. Last weekend, Harris had 24 digs, including 14 against West Alabama.