WILSON, N.C. – The Barton women's volleyball team will look to continue its recent success with the announcement of its 2019 schedule. The campaign includes 11 matches at home highlighted by a nine-contest home stand beginning on Tuesday, September 17, against Elizabeth City State at 7:00 p.m.
The Bulldogs open the season with fall tournament in Charlotte, N.C. (Queens Fall Classic on Friday, September 6, and Saturday, September 7) and the Aiken, S.C. (USC Aiken Fall Classic on Friday, September 13). The season opener on Friday, September 6, at 12:45 p.m., in against Lander (22-8), an NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Qualifier.
"I am very excited about our team's effort and energy and their dedication to learning and growing every practice so far," said Barton Head Women's Volleyball Coach Jeff Lennox. "This group will lean into that and we are excited to be playing in front of the community if Wilson."
Barton also faces Emmanuel (Ga.) on Friday, November 1, in Franklin Springs, Ga., at 7:00 p.m., in what could be a Conference Carolinas showdown. The Lions (23-9) won the league tournament last year and also advanced to the playoffs. In addition, the Barton hosts rival Mount Olive on Senior Day on Saturday, November 9, at 4:00 p.m.
"We will be shown quickly – in the first two weekends – where we need to improve to play consistently at the highest level as we are young. We also learn what our strengths are as we form our identity early in the season. We will continue to work hard and prepare as always, with the plan to progress and grow as a team. Our goal remains to improve each day in order to be playing our best volleyball at the end of the season. Our schedule from beginning to end will help us to do that," added Lennox.
The Bulldogs went 15-16 overall but 10-4 in league play last year while finishing second in the North Division standings. Barton also advanced to the conference tournament semifinals. Barton is looking to earn a berth to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament for the third time in four years: the Bulldogs qualified both 2016 and 2017. Barton was picked third in this year's Conference Carolinas Preseason Head Coaches poll.