by Cory Guinn
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has selected Tolly Beatson of the men’s soccer team and Hayley Marshburn of the women’s volleyball team as the recipients of the SAAC Athlete of the Month Award for September.
Beatson, a sophomore from London, England, leads his team with nine total points over the first month of competition after scoring three goals and registering three assists.
During the first weekend of the season, Beatson recorded one goal and two assists as Barton was 1-1 in the UDC Invitational. He then helped lead the Bulldogs to a victory over Francis Marion University with a goal on Sept. 7 in the team’s home opener. Beatson’s third assist came in a loss to Queen’s University, while his third goal was scored on an outstanding free kick in an overtime loss to Coker College.
Marshburn, a sophomore from Henderson, N.C., played in 15 total matches during the month of September and has been the leading hitter for the women’s volleyball team which won eight of its last 10 matches played in the month.
The outside hitter totaled 217 kills (3.81/set) with a .204 hitting percentage to go along with 154 digs (2.70/set) and 18 service aces. Marshburn currently leads Conference Carolinas in total kills, while ranking second overall in kills per set average.
The Barton College SAAC seeks to provide leadership in the athletic program for the 2016-17 academic year. The Committee includes two representatives from each of Barton’s athletic teams and including its two advisors totals 30 members.
SAAC members will be asked to review proposed NCAA Division II legislation to be considered at the NCAA Convention held each year and comment as to the impact of each proposal on student-athlete welfare and a suggest voting yes or no. Committee members will also act to communicate with teams they represent, sharing ideas with them from SAAC meetings and taking information and concerns from teammates to the committee. In the broad context of the NCAA Division II philosophy of Life in Balance, service on the SAAC is intended to be a significant leadership opportunity.
-SAAC Athletes of the Month-
September: Tolly Beatson (Men’s Soccer) & Hayley Marshburn (Women’s Volleyball)