by Doug Page
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College women's volleyball team recorded a 3-1 (25-18, 25-12, 19-25, 25-20) victory over the Chowan University Hawks on Tuesday night inside Wilson Gymnasium as Jeff Lennox recorded his 100th career victory as head coach of the Bulldogs.
Barton (8-11) recorded its fifth win in a row on Tuesday despite seeing the Hawks rally in the third set. The Bulldogs hit .228 in the match after hitting just .120 in the third set. Chowan (4-9) erased an early deficit in the third set and finished hitting .571 after tallying 13 kills on 21 total attacks.
The Bulldogs were paced by a team-high 12 kills from senior Haley Headley, while junior Kelsey Riquelme added 10 kills and two solo blocks for Barton. Freshman Peyton Kendall tallied nine kills for BC, while senior Allie Cullens added eight kills. Freshman Anna Thompson served up a career-high five aces in the match, while senior Angelica Acevedo delivered a match-high 46 assists to go along with seven digs.
Courtney O'Keefe recorded a match-high 13 kills for Chowan while adding a pair of solo blocks for the Hawks. Sydney Hiner tallied three kills, three aces, and eight digs for the Hawks, while Milica Vejnovic added six kills, two aces, and 14 digs.
Lennox earned his first win for the Bulldogs on Sept. 12, 2012, as BC defeated Elizabeth City State 3-1 inside Wilson Gymnasium. He tallied his 50th career victory on Sept. 10, 2016, in a 3-2 win against Anderson (S.C.) University. Lennox has guided the Bulldogs to consecutive 20-wins seasons and a pair of NCAA Div. II Southeast Regional Tournament appearances.
Barton rallied from an early deficit in the opening set as Chowan took a 5-2 advantage following a kill from Micayla Pope. The Bulldogs would knot the score at 10-10 as Headley recorded a kill that would be followed by an attack error to give BC an 11-10 lead. Chowan countered with a 4-0 run to take a 14-11 advantage. Barton later used a 4-0 run of its own to take a 19-16 lead in the set as Kendall and Riquelme delivered back-to-back kills to highlight the rally.
The Bulldogs would take the opening set from the Hawks as BC went on a 6-1 run to secure the 25-18 victory. The Bulldogs hit .250 in the set and tallied 13 kills while taking a 1-0 advantage in the match.
Leading 6-4 in the second set, Cullens sparked a 7-0 rally for the Bulldogs with a kill that would be followed by an ace from freshman Sarah Kirk. Cullens capped the run with a kill that would lead to Chowan calling a timeout to try and stop the momentum. The Hawks would tally a pair of points out of the timeout before BC stretched the advantage to 19-6 with a 6-0 rally.
Chowan rallied late in the set to trim the deficit to 20-11 thanks to a 4-0 run. Barton followed with a 4-0 rally of its own as a pair of aces from Acevedo helped BC take a 24-11 lead. A kill from Kendall secured the 25-12 victory as Barton upped its lead in the match to 2-0.
It looked as though Barton would breeze to a three-set sweep following three straight aces from Thompson that put Barton ahead 7-1 early in the third set. Trailing 13-11, Chowan would tie the score and eventually take a 14-13 lead following an ace from Vejnovic. BC knotted the score 14-14 only to see Chowan tally four consecutive points to take an 18-14 edge. The Hawks would win the set 25-19 off a block from Breona Young and send the match to a fourth set.
Both sides traded the lead in the fourth set as a 3-0 run for BC gave the Bulldogs an 11-10 lead before Chowan answered with a 3-0 run to take a 13-11 advantage. With the set tied 14-14, the Bulldogs gained the momentum that they were looking for as Riquelme started a 5-0 run with a kill to give Barton the lead. The Bulldogs opened the gap to 19-14 as Chowan called a timeout. The Hawks rallied to trim the deficit to 19-17 before the Bulldogs answered with a pair of kills from sophomore Camryn Frederick.
Leading 22-20, Barton closed the match with a 3-0 run thanks to kills from Cullens, Kendall, and Kirk to secure the 25-20 victory and a 3-1 win in the match over the Hawks.
The Bulldogs hit the road this weekend for a pair of Conference Carolinas matches against Limestone on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. and Converse on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.