by Doug Page
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College women's volleyball team played in front of its home crowd for the first time this season after opening the 2018 campaign with 16 matches away from Wilson. The Bulldogs handed Conference Carolinas rival, the University of Mount Olive a 3-0 (25-10, 25-17, 25-12) loss on Tuesday night inside Wilson Gymnasium.
Barton (6-11, 3-0) finished the night by hitting .302 as a team with sophomore Kaytlin Elkins leading the way with a .429 hitting percentage. The Bulldogs also tallied a season-high 14 service aces on the night with freshman Sarah Kirk notching four. Mount Olive (2-10, 0-2) recorded 10 kills in the second set as it looked to avoid the sweep but would hit under .100 in the other two sets.
Elkins finished the night with a match-high 22 kills to go along with a pair of aces for Barton. Senior Haley Headley recorded seven kills and a pair of block assists, while senior Allie Cullens added six kills for BC. Redshirt senior Riley Bane recorded a match-high nine digs to go along with three aces. Senior Angelica Acevedo recorded a match-high 25 assists while adding two aces. Sophomore Camryn Frederick tallied four kills in the third set, including the final kill to secure the sweep.
The Trojans were paced by five kills each from Ania Keene and Makayla Huber. Kamber Skeen finished with 13 assists and six digs for Mount Olive, while Cyerra Carter added five digs and five total blocks.
Barton would see the Trojans take a 2-1 lead in the opening set following a kill from Sydney Kuhbander but countered with a 6-0 run to take a 7-2 advantage. Headley and junior Kelsey Riquelme highlighted the run with a pair of blocks at the net for BC. The Bulldogs would eventually take a 13-6 lead following an ace from freshman Brittany Silance and kill from Elkins.
Mount Olive ended a 4-0 run for the Bulldogs by going on a 3-0 rally to trim the deficit to 17-10. The Bulldogs would run the table end the set by tallying eight-straight points to secure the 25-10 victory. Elkins and Headley combined for six kills in the run with the other two points coming off service aces from Acevedo.
The Trojans found some momentum early in the second set, using a 3-0 run to take a 6-2 lead over the Bulldogs. A kill from Skeen would increase the UMO lead to 7-4 before Barton countered with a 6-0 rally to take an 11-7 advantage. The featured a pair of aces from Kirk along with kills from Cullens and freshman Peyton Kendall.
Leading 19-14, Elkins started a 5-0 run for the Bulldogs as they upped the lead to 24-14 in the set. The Trojans held BC from taking the set by going on a 3-0 run after an ace from Kaitlin Grote and attacking error by the Bulldogs. Elkins ended the set with a kill to secure the 25-17 victory and put Barton up 2-0 in the match.
The third set featured an early run from the Trojans, who erased a 3-1 deficit to take a 5-4 lead following a block from Carter and Brittany Barnett. The Bulldogs quickly gained the momentum back with a 4-0 run to take an 8-5 advantage. Mount Olive rallied to within a point of knotting the score before BC went on a 5-0 run to open a 13-7 lead. Barton increased its lead in the set to 22-10 after receiving consecutive aces from Kirk. Barton ended the set on a 3-0 run as Frederick sealed the victory for the Bulldogs with a kill.
The Bulldogs continue their three-game homestand on Sept. 29 as BC hosts King University at 2 p.m. inside Wilson Gym.