by Doug Page
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A 4-0 run in the fifth set propelled the Barton College women's volleyball team to a 3-2 (25-17, 10-25, 27-25, 21-25, 15-10) victory against the Georgia College Bobcats on Friday afternoon at the Queens Volleyball Fall Classic.
The Bulldogs (1-4) were able to hold off several rallies from Georgia College in the match as BC recorded 10 kills and no attack errors in the fifth set. Georgia College (2-3) rallied in the fourth set as it used a 13-4 run to erase a deficit against the Bulldogs and record a 25-21 win to even the match.
Sophomore Kaytlin Elkins narrowly missed tallying a double-double for the Bulldogs, finishing with 24 kills and nine digs. Senior Allie Cullens recorded 11 kills to go along with six total blocks for Barton, while freshman Peyton Kendall recorded a double-double with 12 kills and 14 digs. Senior Angelica Acevedo guided the Bulldogs with a match-high 48 assists while also contributing 12 digs and four kills. Sophomore Ashley Owen served up four aces for the Bulldogs.
Georgia College was paced by 27 kills from Taylor Svehla. Svehla would hit .436 in the match and add four total blocks. A trio of Bobcat players tallied seven kills in the match (Kayla Brockway, Emma Boughner, and Emily Crowell). Jordyn Moellering was one of four Georgia College players to cross into double-digit figures in digs with 29. Brockway recorded a team-high 47 assists to go along with 11 digs.
Barton leaped out to a quick 4-1 lead in the opening set as Cullens delivered a kill and a pair of blocks to get things going for the Bulldogs. A kill from Boughner trimmed the deficit for the Bobcats to 14-11 but would be followed by a 5-0 from Barton to increase the lead to 19-11. The Bobcats later used a pair of attack errors by Barton to make it 19-14. A kill by Kendall coupled with an attack error by Georgia College allowed the Bulldogs to take a 1-0 lead in the match with a 25-17 victory.
The second set would be all Bobcats as Georgia College used 12 attack errors from BC and four blocks to even the match 1-1. GC opened the set on a 6-0 run as Barton would call a quick timeout to try and stop the momentum. The Bobcats wouldn't stop there as they stretched the advantage to 10-0 before Barton received a kill from Elkins to end the run. A 4-1 run for GC paved the way for a 25-10 victory in the set.
Both sides would notch 15 kills in the third set as Barton used a late rally to hold off the Bobcats. Trailing 24-20, Cullens delivered back-to-back kills to cut the deficit to two points and lead to a timeout for the Bobcats. Out of the break, Owen served up consecutive aces to knot the score 24-24. Georgia College knotted the score 25-25 before a kill from Kendall and a block from Cullens ended the set in favor of Barton, 27-25.
Barton looked to be well on its way to a victory in the fourth set until the Bobcats came storming back to extend the match. BC opened a 17-12 lead in the set following a kill from Elkins only to see it trimmed to 17-15 after an ace by GC. The Bobcats evened the score in the set with a kill from Makenzie Perry that made it 19-19. A 4-0 rally for the Bobcats would give them a 21-19 advantage in the set. Sophomore Camryn Frederick ended the run by recording a kill for the Bulldogs. Georgia College would secure the set with a 3-0 run to knot the match 2-2 and force a winner-take-all fifth set.
The fifth set saw Barton take a 7-3 lead as Georgia College took a timeout to try and slow the momentum. Perry and Svehla delivered back-to-back kills for GC, who trimmed the deficit to 11-9 as Barton would use its first timeout in the set. Out of the stoppage, the Bobcats cut the gap to 11-10 before Barton tallied the next four points to win the set 15-10 and secure a 3-2 win in the match.
Barton continues its play in the Queens Volleyball Fall Classic on Friday night against Queens University at 7:30 p.m. BC then plays Anderson University on Saturday at 12:15 p.m. and Augusta at 4:45 p.m. as the Bulldogs conclude their play in the tournament hosted by Queens.