by Doug Page
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sophomore outside hitter Kaytlin Elkins recorded 13 kills on Saturday afternoon and crossed into double-digits for the seventh time this season for Barton College. The Bulldogs would drop a 3-0 (14-25, 20-25, 13-25) decision to Anderson (S.C.) University on the second day of the Queens Volleyball Fall Classic.
Barton (1-6) wouldn't be able to get into much of a rhythm on Saturday as the Bulldogs hit just .043 as a team. BC did record 7.5 blocks as a team and was paced by two solo blocks from senior Allie Cullens. Anderson (6-1) served up six aces in the match and hit .214 as a team despite not having a player tally double-digit kills.
Elkins added eight digs to go along with her 13 kills in the match for Barton, while freshman Peyton Kendall added seven kills and eight digs. Sophomore Camryn Frederick tallied five kills and four block assists for BC, while redshirt senior Riley Bane added 17 digs.
Jayln Knight paced the Trojans with nine kills while hitting .304 in the match. Knight also added 11 digs, while Emily Conlin just missed a double-double with 29 assists and nine digs for Anderson. Meghan DeVaux recorded a team-high 13 digs, while Kaitlyn Grube tallied a pair of aces to go along with four kills and eight digs.
Anderson would lead see the score knotted in the match just one time as the Trojans held a lead in all three sets against BC. Barton saw Anderson go on a 7-0 run to quickly open an 8-1 advantage in the first set. The Bulldogs rallied to trim the deficit to 15-10 before the Trojans stretched the lead to 20-10 with a 5-0 rally. Barton senior Angelica Acevedo delivered an ace to cap a 3-0 run for the Bulldogs before Anderson used a 3-0 run of its own to secure the first set 25-14.
In the second set, a kill from Elkins pulled BC within a point of the Trojans (11-10) but a 4-0 run gave Anderson some breathing room. Anderson rattled off four more points later in the set to take a 19-13 advantage before the run ended off a kill from Kendall. Anderson closed the set with a kill from Hailee Wilhelm to secure the 25-20 victory.
Anderson started the third set with a 5-0 run that would be stopped by a kill from Cullens. The Trojans upped their lead to 9-3 in the set and forced BC to call a timeout. Trailing 12-5 in the set, BC made a run to cut the deficit to 12-8 following a pair of kills from Frederick and Kendall. Anderson used a pair of big runs late in the set to complete the sweep of Barton by taking the set 25-13.
Barton continues its play in the Queens Volleyball Fall Classic on Saturday afternoon against Augusta University at 4:45 p.m.