Women’s volleyball lands five on all-conference team, claims top freshman, coach

The Barton College women's volleyball team receives its trophy for winning the league's North Division title during an awards ceremony Saturday on the Barton campus. | Photo by Matt Proseus
The Barton College women's volleyball team receives its trophy for winning the league's North Division title during an awards ceremony Saturday on the Barton campus. | Photo by Matt Proseus

by Benny Benton


HIGH POINT, N.C. – Barton College placed five players on the Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball All-Conference Team for 2017, and also claimed awards for Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year.

Kaytlin Elkins was chosen as the league's top freshman. The Hope Mills, N.C., resident led the conference and ranked 14th nationally in kills per set, averaging 4.28 per frame. Elkins registered double-figure kills in 24 of Barton's 29 matches, and crossed the 20-kill plateau five times. She also contributed 2.1 digs per set and 0.34 service aces per frame.

Elkins was one of five Barton players named to the All-Conference Team. She joined junior Angelica Acevedo and senior Courtney Wiseman on the First Team, while senior Miranda Miller and junior Allie Cullens were tabbed Third Team. All five are receiving all-conference recognition for the first time in their careers.

Acevedo, a resident of Coamo, Puerto Rico, collected more than 1,000 assists during the season, and her average of 10.4 per set led the conference. She also ranked second on Barton's team in digs per set, averaging 3.3 per frame, which helped her post 20 double-doubles during the year.

Wiseman, a resident of Chesterfield, Va., ranked second in the league in attack percentage, hitting .342 over 14 conference contests and .292 overall for the season while averaging nearly two kills per set. She produced four double-figure kill matches during the year, and hit at least .425 in all four, including .517 during a career-high 17-kill night versus rival University of Mount Olive.

Miller, a resident of Rathdrum, Idaho, ranked second on Barton's team in kills (2.94 per set) and third in digs (2.79 per set). She produced double-figures in kills 12 times and digs 14 times, with highs of 22 kills versus Belmont Abbey College and 28 digs against UMO.

Cullens, a resident of Tarpon Springs, Fla., led the conference in attack percentage, averaging .340 in league play and .305 overall for the season. She also ranked fourth in blocks per set during league matches, averaging 0.89 per frame. She hit .571 in a league match at Belmont Abbey while delivering nine kills, and .769 in a non-conference match versus Chowan University, producing 10 kills without an error in 13 attempts.

Barton head coach Jeff Lennox picked up the league's Coach of the Year award for the second straight season after leading the Lady Bulldogs to the North Division regular-season title for the second year in a row. Under his direction, Barton went 13-1 in league play for a .929 winning percentage that is the best in the program's NCAA Division II history.

Women's All-Conference First Team

Paige O'Connor, Southern Wesleyan
Kaytlin Elkins, Barton
Rycki Ebert, Limestone
Kenzie Pierce, North Greenville
Courtney Wiseman, Barton
Sarah Kenney, Belmont Abbey
Angelica Acevedo, Barton

Women's All-Conference Second Team

Britni Johnson, Mount Olive
Coreen Norwood, Belmont Abbey
Kendall Vallancourt, Southern Wesleyan
Mackenzie Chrapliwy, Belmont Abbey
Becca Huddleston, King
Katie Anderson, Southern Wesleyan
Cassidy Bonito, Belmont Abbey

Women's All-Conference Third Team

Victoria Norwood, Limestone
Miranda Miller, Barton
Cathy Scaniffe, King
Samantha Hebb, North Greenville
Allie Cullens, Barton
Amy Serowski, King
Sara Miller, North Greenville 

Player of the Year

Paige O'Connor, Southern Wesleyan

Defensive Player of the Year

Sarah Kenney, Belmont Abbey

Freshman of the Year

Kaytlin Elkins, Barton

Coach of the Year

Jeff Lennox, Barton

Women's Volleyball Regular Season Division Champions

North Greenville University - South Division
Barton College - North Division