by Doug Page
BELMONT, N.C. – The Barton College women's volleyball team played its first match in 13 days on Friday night as the Bulldogs opened Conference Carolinas action with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-14) win against Belmont Abbey College at the Wheeler Center.
Barton (4-11, 1-0) gathered itself in the second set, hitting .333 as a team after committing 11 errors in the opening set Friday night. Belmont Abbey (5-7, 0-1) dropped a close first set after rallying late to pull within a point of BC before falling in each of the next two sets.
Sophomore Kaytlin Elkins tallied a match-high 19 kills and 11 digs for the Bulldogs. Freshman Peyton Kendall added eight kills and five digs for BC, while senior Haley Headley added eight kills and two solo blocks. Senior Angelica Acevedo tallied a match-high 37 assists to go along with 11 digs. Barton recorded seven aces in the match as Acevedo, redshirt senior Riley Bane and freshman Brittany Silance each tallied a pair.
Carie Jane Valentine paced Belmont Abbey with seven kills in the match, while Mackenzie Chrapliwy added three kills and nine digs. Cassidy Bonito delivered a team-high 20 assists to go along with three kills and three digs.
Elkins secured the opening set for Barton following a timeout by the Bulldogs, who saw Belmont Abbey close within a point following a kill from Chrapliwy. The Kill by Elkins gave BC a 25-23 win to give the Bulldogs an early edge in the match.
In the second set, a 3-0 run by the Bulldogs helped to open a 17-10 lead. Kendall delivered consecutive kills to stretch the advantage to seven points. Lanie Healey closed the deficit to 20-15 for the Crusaders following a blocking error by the Bulldogs. BC followed the miscue with a 3-0 run to take a 23-15 edge. Belmont Abbey rallied to trim the gap to 23-17 on the heels of a kill from Morgheim. An attack error by the Crusaders would give Barton a 25-18 victory to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Leading 7-5 in the third set, Barton would go on a 5-0 run to stretch its lead to 12-5. BC benefited from four Crusader attacking errors in the stretch that would be capped by a kill from Elkins. Belmont Abbey answered with a 4-0 run of its own to close the gap to 13-9. BC would later increase its lead to 21-13 after Silance served up an ace for the Bulldogs. Barton would close the set on a 4-0 run and a pair of aces from Bane to secure the set 25-14 and a 3-0 sweep of the match.
The Bulldogs head to Lees-McRae College on Saturday for a 2 p.m. league matchup with the Bobcats. Barton hosts the University of Mount Olive on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. inside Wilson Gymnasium.