by Doug Page
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College women's volleyball team remained perfect in Conference Carolinas action, stretching its winning streak to nine matches with a sweep of Lees-McRae College Saturday afternoon at the Wilson Gym, 25-14, 25-16, 25-18.
The Lady Bulldogs up their record to 8-0 in conference play and 12-6 overall on the season. Lees-McRae drops to 1-6 in the conference and 3-12 overall.
Barton junior Angelica Acevedo tallied a match-high 38 assists to go along with 12 digs for her 13th double-double of the season for the Lady Bulldogs.
Freshman Kaytlin Elkins paced the Lady Bulldogs offensively with a match-high 14 kills, while red shirt junior Riley Bane added a team-high 18 digs. The Wilson, North Carolina native also delivered a pair of services aces for BC, while senior Miranda Miller added seven kills and eight digs.
Lees-McRae was led by a double-double of 15 assists and 11 digs from Courtney Weathersbee. Elissa Small recorded a team-high eight kills for the Bobcats and Madison Martin notched a match-high 20 digs.
Barton took control early in the opening set of the match as Miller recorded an ace to give the Lady Bulldogs a 5-1 lead. The Bobcats stopped the three-point rally by BC off an attack error, but would see the Lady Bulldogs rattle off seven consecutive points to turn a 5-2 score into a 12-2 advantage.
The Bobcats would close the gap to 15-7 after back-to-back points and trade several points between the two sides until Barton tallied a pair of points to go up 21-10 in the set. Back-to-back kills from junior Haley Headley and Miller gave BC a 25-14 victory in set one.
Lees-McRae scored the opening point in the second set thanks to a block from Caitlyn Smirne and Lauren Arnold. The Bobcats kept things close early in the set until BC used a three-point run to take a 9-5 lead. Freshman Ashley Owen capped the run for the Lady Bulldogs with one of her two aces in the match.
The Lady Bulldogs upped their lead in the second set to 18-10 after a kill by Headley and one point later started another three-point rally to extend the advantage to 21-11. Trailing 24-13, Lees-McRae looked to make things interesting by going on a three-point spurt of its own to close the gap to 24-16 and keep BC from closing out the set. Barton used the next play to secure the set 25-16 and take a 2-0 lead.
Barton used a four-point rally in the third set to take a 13-7 lead after Lees-McRae had trimmed the deficit to 9-7. The Bobcats then had their best offensive streak of the afternoon, stringing together five consecutive points to pull within one of BC at 13-12. The Lady Bulldogs gained back their momentum after the Bobcat run ended on a service error to make it 14-12. That play started a run that upped the BC lead to 17-12 in the set and later a 23-16 advantage.
A pair of kills from Small put the Bobcats into striking distance of the Lady Bulldogs at 23-18, but a kill from Elkins made it 24-18. Acevedo would clinch the match for BC with her lone ace of the match.
Barton will return to action on Wednesday as the Lady Bulldogs host Chowan University at 7 p.m. in the Wilson Gym.