by Doug Page
WINGATE, N.C. – A pair of 3-1 decisions didn't go the way that the Barton College women's volleyball would have liked on Tuesday as the Bulldogs fell against Francis Marion University and host Wingate University at Cuddy Arena.
Barton (1-9) rallied to win the third set against Wingate in the opening match after falling behind 2-0. BC would start its second match of the day with a win in the first set against Francis Marion before seeing the Patriots responded by winning each of the next three sets to secure the 3-1 victory.
In the opening match against Wingate, BC would be paced offensively by sophomore Kaytlin Elkins and her match-high 18 kills. Elkins narrowly missed tallying a double-double with nine digs, while redshirt senior Riley Bane recorded 22 digs for Barton. Senior Angelica Acevedo notched another double-double for Barton with 22 assists and 10 digs, while senior Allie Cullens added five kills and three block assists.
Barton found itself with a 23-19 advantage in the opening set and looking to gain some early momentum until Wingate went on a 6-0 run to erase the deficit and take a 25-23 victory from BC. After falling behind 2-0 in the match, Barton avoided a sweep by recording 10 kills and just three attack errors en route to recording a 25-20 victory against Wingate.
Wingate closed the match in the fourth set by securing a decisive 25-11 victory over BC. Wingate tallied 12 kills while hitting .340 as a team to remain undefeated on the season (6-0). Phoebe Havenaar and Sophie Schaff combined for 22 kills on the night for Wingate, while Rachel Alles added a match-high 36 assists to go along with eight digs and four kills.
Elkins paced the Bulldogs again the second contest against Francis Marion, tallying 23 kills, two aces, and eight digs. Sophomore Camryn Frederick recorded a career-high nine kills for BC, while junior Kelsey Riquelme added six kills. Junior Santana Mestas also added four kills for Barton.
The Bulldogs would take the opening set against FMU despite committing 12 attacking errors as a team. Barton held off a late rally from the Patriots after leading 24-21 to secure a 25-23 victory. FMU responded by hitting .444 as a team in the second set to knot the match 1-1. There would be a pair of lead changes in the third set as both sides looked to take the advantage in the match.
Barton attempted to make a late rally in the set after FMU used a pair of runs to open a comfortable lead. The Patriots captured a 25-21 win in the set to gain a 2-1 advantage in the match. The Patriots wouldn't relinquish the lead in the fourth set despite there being a pair of ties. Georgia Garrison paced FMU with 14 kills, while Courtney Abdur-Rahim added 12 kills, three aces, and 11 digs.
The Bulldogs will take part in the USC Aiken Invitational on Friday and Saturday as BC faces Catawba and Carson-Newman on Friday and Lander and USC Aiken on Saturday.