by Doug Page
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College women's volleyball team ended its two-match losing streak on Saturday afternoon inside Wilson Gymnasium as the Bulldogs recorded a 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-22) victory against the Erskine College Flying Fleet.
Barton (11-13, 7-2) recorded the three-set victory over the Flying Fleet after hitting over .300 in the second and third set. Erskine (6-18, 3-8) rallied late in the second set and held a late lead in the third set as the Flying Fleet tried to extend the match against the Bulldogs.
Sophomore Kaytlin Elkins paced the Bulldogs with 14 kills and 10 digs while also adding one service ace. Freshman Sarah Kirk delivered nine kills and 20 assists for Barton. Kirk also tallied one ace and five digs in the match, while junior Kelsey Riquelme and senior Haley Headley each added seven kills, while senior Angelica Acevedo recorded 20 assists and nine digs.
JoJo Taylor paced the Flying Fleet with 11 kills and three digs while hitting .385 for Erskine. Katy Torgerson added seven kills and one solo block, while Maddie Wilson added a match-high 21 assists to go along with five digs and two kills. Reilly Bartlett recorded nine assists and nine digs for the Flying Fleet.
Erskine would hold an early lead in the first set as consecutive attacking errors by Barton gave the Flying Fleet a 7-5 edge. Kayla Duncan gave Erskine a 9-8 lead in the set before Barton answered with a 7-0 run to take a 15-9 advantage. Freshman Brittany Silance delivered an ace for the Bulldogs during the run that saw Erskine commit five attacking errors. BC used a pair of solo blocks from Kirk and senior Allie Cullens to close the run and force Erskine to call a timeout.
Trailing 18-13 in the set, the Flying Fleet would use a 4-0 run to cut the deficit to 18-17 following a kill by Wilson. The Bulldogs would call a timeout and counter with a 3-0 rally to increase the lead to 21-17. The Bulldogs closed the set on a 2-0 run with kills from Elkins and Cullens to secure the 25-19 victory and take a 1-0 lead in the match.
The Bulldogs found themselves behind 10-7 in the second set before using a 2-0 run to knot the score. BC gained a 13-11 advantage after a kill from Elkins and ace from Kirk. Cullens and sophomore Camryn Frederick capped a 4-0 run for the Bulldogs with a block to make it 19-15 and force the Flying Fleet to call a timeout. Erskine used a 3-0 run of its own to trim the deficit to 19-18 and make BC use a timeout. Barton held a 23-20 lead late in the set following a kill by Elkins but saw Erskine knot the score thanks to a 3-0 run and block from Torgerson and Bartlett. Consecutive kills from Headley secured the 25-23 victory for the Bulldogs along with a 2-0 lead in the match.
In the third set, BC used consecutive blocks to erase a 13-12 deficit and take a 15-13 edge over the Flying Fleet. A block by Taylor along with a bad set from the Bulldogs gave Erskine a 20-19 lead as the Flying Fleet looked to extend the match. BC countered with an ace from Elkins to take a 23-21 advantage in the set and would later seal the sweep for the Bulldogs with a pair of kills to secure the 25-22 victory.
The Bulldogs hit the road for three straight Conference Carolinas matches beginning on Oct. 23 at Mount Olive. The Bulldogs then head to Southern Wesleyan and North Greenville before returning home to host Lees-McRae on Nov. 2.