by Benny Benton
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Barton College women's volleyball team finished off a 13-1 Conference Carolinas season on Saturday afternoon with a straight-set sweep of host King University, 25-18, 25-18, 25-23.
The .929 league winning percentage is the best by the Lady Bulldogs in their NCAA Division II history, and the best in the league this season. Barton had already claimed the conference's North Division title and No. 1 seed.
Freshman Kaytlin Elkins paced BC with 16 kills and 13 digs. Senior Miranda Miller added nine kills and 10 digs, and junior Riley Bane chipped in 11 digs and three service aces. Junior setter Angelica Acevedo collected her 19th double-double of the year with 32 assists and 14 digs.
King (11-14, 6-8) received 14 kills and 11 digs from Rebecca Huddleston, as well as a match-high 19 digs from libero Amy Serowski.
Barton never trailed the Tornado in the first set. The Lady Bulldogs hit a sparkling .412 in the opening frame, producing 16 kills and just two errors. Elkins had six kills in the opening set and Miller added four.
The Lady Bulldogs trailed just once in the second set, falling behind 13-12 after a BC attack error. However, Barton rolled off the next seven points in a row to take command of the frame.
King jumped out to a quick 3-0 start in set three before Barton rallied, and the two sides went through seven ties and five lead changes in the frame. Trailing 23-21, King used consecutive kills from Remi Thele to tie the match for the final time at 23-all, but Acevedo earned a kill and the Tornado committed an error to close out the set and contest.
Barton will host Erskine College (2-21, 1-13) in the quarterfinals of the Conference Carolinas Tournament on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. If BC prevails, it will host the remainder of the league tourney in Wilson Gymnasium next weekend.