In 2016, Madeline Savage was the starting libero on Wofford as a true freshman. Last year wasn’t quite the same though, as she was dropped to a defensive specialist/bench role. Still, she was a key piece for the team, who will now be without her as she has transferred to the University of Georgia to focus on academics.
Savage, who is no longer listed on the 2018 roster, notes in her twitter profile that she is now part of the class of 2020 at Georgia. It is unknown if she is joining the Bulldogs’ volleyball team or is just attending the school and retiring from volleyball, as academics would be a viable reason to leave a program in which she had solid footing.
A 5’11” native of Johns Creek, Georgia, Savage came to Wofford and immediately made a mark with a team-high 478 digs as a freshman in 2016. She lost the starting libero role in 2017 though, and recorded 212 digs (1.75 per set) and 23 aces (0.19 per set).
Wofford went 22-11 last season and made it to the Southern Conference Tournament championship. In terms of returning players for 2018, they now possess just one defensive specialist/libero. The good news though is that it is Taylor Gill, a former Ole Miss transfer who led the team in digs as the starting libero in 2017.