by Doug Page
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College women's volleyball team continued its strong play, extending its winning streak to eight matches with a four-set win over King University Friday night at the Wilson Gym, 19-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-18.
The Lady Bulldogs up their record to 7-0 in Conference Carolinas play and 11-6 overall on the season. King dropped to 2-4 in the conference and 6-9 overall.
King was led by a match-high 16 kills from Cathy Scaniffe. Amy Serowski added a match-high 20 digs and Abby Anderson tallied 31 assists for the Tornado. Becca Huddleston just missed a double-double for King, finishing with 10 kills and nine digs.
The Tornado would gain momentum in the opening set after racing out to a 7-2 lead against the Lady Bulldogs. BC rallied for a pair of points to stop the run from King and trim the gap to 7-4. A kill from Scaniffe gave King a 10-6 advantage, but the Lady Bulldogs would have an answer as Cullens and senior Miranda Miller sparked a three-point rally for the home squad, pulling BC within a point, 10-9.
BC knotted the score 16-16 before King would make its final push and take a 1-0 lead in the match thanks to a 25-19 victory in the set.
The Lady Bulldogs rallied in the second set against King, using a strong effort to take an early 5-2 lead against the Tornado. The lead closed to a single point for BC after an attack error by the Lady Bulldogs. King then evened the score at 5-5 thanks to kill from Huddleston.
Leading 14-10, Barton took advantage of an attack error by the Tornado to make it a five-point cushion in the second set. King rallied to pull within two points of BC, but the Lady Bulldogs rattled off three-straight points to take a 21-16 lead. Acevedo knotted the match at 1-1 for Barton by securing the decisive point of the set (25-19) on an attack error by Scaniffe
King jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the third set before the Lady Bulldogs would get onto the scoreboard. Barton stopped the run by King and trimmed the deficit to 5-3 and would eventually pull even with the Tornado at 7-7. BC controlled the tempo the rest of the way, recording the final eight points to run the table and take the third set, 25-14. Elkins and senior Courtney Wiseman each tallied three kills, while Bane delivered an ace to cap off the run.
Both teams battled early in the fourth set as momentum switched hands several times. Things would be tied 8-8, until the Lady Bulldogs used another huge run to put some room between themselves and King. Five consecutive points gave BC a 14-8 edge and ultimately led to the Lady Bulldogs securing the set and the match after winning six of the final eight points in the fourth set.
Barton will host Lees-McRae College on Saturday at the Wilson Gym. The match is set for 2 p.m.