CARROLLTON, Ga. - The West Georgia Wolves lost in four hard-fought sets on Friday afternoon in the Flagler Classic, falling 3-1 to host Flagler.
McKenna Wharton and Anjelina Webb each had double-digit kills on the day, but it wasn't enough to put the Wolves over the top. Wharton had 14 kills and Webb delivered on 11 while setter Madi Fleming had 38 assists on the day. On the front line, Tierra White had two blocks and Emilee Harris had 14 digs on the back line.
Flagler jumped out to a 7-1 lead early in the first set before the Wolves started to creep back into the match. West Georgia made up ground and pulled to within four at 22-18 before the Saints reeled off 3 of the next four points to take a 25-19 victory. In the second set, the Wolves and Saints played neck-and-neck throughout the match until the final two points, as Flagler scored two straight to finish off the set and take a 2-0 lead.
In the third set, it was more of the same, as neither team seemed to be able to build an advantage in the scoring column. With the score tied at 14-14, the Wolves went on a 6-1 run, taking a commanding 20-15 lead. Flagler came firing back to within three points at 22-19, but the Wolves scored three consecutive points to take a 25-19 victory and force a fourth set.
The final set saw West Georgia jump out to a 9-5 lead, then extend that to 16-11 midway through the set. But after that, the Saints went on an 11-4 run to take a 22-20 lead. The Wolves kept it close, but Flagler finished off the match with a kill to win 25-23.
Match #2 - West Georgia 3, Lees-McRae 0
Senior setter Madi Fleming led the way for the Wolves to win the second match of the day, taking down the Lees-McRae Bobcats 3-0 to finish the day at 3-3 on the year thus far. Fleming delivered on 64 assists on the day and West Georgia hit .258 as a team en route to the victory.
West Georgia opened the second match of the day playing very well behind Fleming, building a 16-11 lead early in the first set. In that span, Fleming produced nine assists, leaning on her main target, Carrington Terrell. The freshman delivered on three kills in three attempts in that span in giving the Wolves a five-point lead. Over the final 11 points for West Georgia, the Wolves kept the Bobcats in the same spot, winning 25-20. Terrell delivered on four kills and Fleming ended the set with 15 assists, leading the Wolves to hit .281 as a team.
The second set saw West Georgia jump out to a 10-3 advantage, this time on the back of another freshman middle in Tierra White, who had three kills early in that set. The Wolves never looked back at that point, continuing to push forward until a kill from Anjelina Webb closed out the set with a West Georgia victory at 25-17. In the final set, the Wolves and Bobcats played close until the 14-13 mark, when West Georgia went on an 11-3 run to close out the match.
West Georgia will play Walsh at 10 a.m. tomorrow, followed by a matchup with Embry-Riddle at 2 p.m.