CARROLLTON, Ga. - Four matches left in the 2019 regular season and the good news continues to flow in for the West Georgia Wolves. Head coach Jon Moseley’s squad earned a region ranking this past weekend, becoming the first UWG squad in school history to accomplish that feat. The region rankings are used to determine the participating schools in the annual NCAA Tournament.
West Georgia comes into the weekend with a 15-11 record overall on the 2019 season. The Wolves are currently third in the Gulf South Conference standings with a 9-3 record. West Georgia is tied for third place in the standings with Union, putting the Wolves ahead of the Bulldogs in terms of seeding, as UWG beat Union 3-1 two weeks ago in Jackson, Tennessee.
Valdosta State enters the weekend with an 11-17 record overall on the year and a 3-9 record against Gulf South Conference competition. The Blazers are in a fight for one of the final three spots available for this year’s conference tournament, and VSU comes into the weekend tied with West Alabama and Mississippi College for eighth in the league standings.
Senior McKenna Wharton has been solid all-around this season for the Wolves, and last week she set a new school single-season record for aces. The former record for service aces since the rules changed to 25 points in 2008 was 53 by Emily Reul. This past weekend, Wharton delivered on her 54th ace of the season, setting the new record.
Freshman middle hitter Tierra White has now won six individual weekly awards from the Gulf South Conference, including five Freshman of the Week honors and one Offensive Player of the Week. She comes into the weekend as one of the most prolific hitters in a single season for UWG volleyball since the 2008 season, as she is fourth among hitters in that span with 328 kills. She is one block away from Lesley Bemis’ record for single-season blocks since 2008 with 102 overall.
Three different Wolves are at or near the top of the Gulf South Conference in one category heading into this weekend. White is one of the top hitters in the nation, leading the GSC with a .395 percentage. Senior setter Madi Fleming leads the GSC in assists with 9.94 per set, and senior outside hitter McKenna Wharton leads the nation with .62 service aces per set.