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With a chance to share North Division supremacy in the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas at stake, the Barton College women’s volleyball team, on Senior Night, dropped a 25-23, 25-15, 25-22 decision to visiting Belmont Abbey on Saturday afternoon.
Belmont Abbey emerged the North Division top seed, boosting its record to 12-2 in the conference and 21-9 overall. The Lady Bulldogs will be the No. 2 seed at 10-4 and 14-15, respectively.
Before the match, Barton saluted its six seniors — Maddison Thomson, Allie Cullens, Riley Bane, Angelica Acevedo, Kayla Hyatt and Haley Headley.
Barton hit just .182 for the match, despite a match-high 16 kills from sophomore Kaytlin Elkins, who boosted her conference-leading kills total to 460.
Sophomore Camryn Frederick added nine kills. Setter Acevedo just missed a double-double with 32 assists and nine digs. Sarah Kirk paced Barton with 10 digs.
With their seventh consecutive win, the Lady Crusaders claimed revenge. Cassidy Bonito triggered Belmont Abbey with 36 assists and 11 digs. Kills leaders were Mackenzie Chrapliwy with 14 and Brianna Morgheim with 20.
Barton and Belmont Abbey will be home for conference tournament quarterfinal matches Tuesday. The Lady Bulldogs welcome Limestone, No. 3 from the South Division, at 6:30 p.m. Also at 6:30, Belmont Abbey faces Southern Wesleyan, No. 4 from the South.
Emmanuel (Georgia) College landed the No. 1 South Division seed, with North Greenville No. 2. Emmanuel posted a 14-1 conference mark.
On Friday, Barton swept Lees-McRae 25-18, 25-18, 25-16 in Wilson Gymnasium
Barton’s second win this season against the Lady Bobcats featured 14 kills from Elkins and 33 assists from Acevedo. Headley contributed eight kills.
Lees-McRae hit for a paltry .050 percentage and Barton registered 10 blocks.
Lee top finisher for Barton men
MOUNT OLIVE — The Barton men’s cross-country team notched a sixth-place finish among nine teams in Saturday morning’s Conference Carolinas championship meet on the University of Mount Olive campus.
Led by Evan Lee, a sophomore from Hunt High, with a 27th-place finish (27 minutes, 51 seconds), the Bulldogs totaled 169 points.
Mount Olive, ranked No. 9 in Division II, raced to its seventh consecutive championship with 15 points. Lees-McRae placed second with 69 points.
Completing the top five were Emmanuel (88), North Greenville (105) and Southern Wesleyan (156).
Other Barton runners were Greg Gibbs, 36th (28.31); Alex Kelly, 45th (28.46); Peter Charles, 46th (28:59); Nicholas Lee, 47th (29:02); Deshawn Owens, a freshman from Charles B. Aycock High, 54th (29:21); Timothy Devore, 67th (31:06); and Leslie Jones, 75th (32:06).
Barton failed to land a player on the three all-conference units, totaling 15 runners.
Mount Olive dominated the league honors, with Christian Duran runner of the year; Jay Hall freshman of the year and Matt van Lierop, coach of the year.
Lady Bulldogs place ninth
MOUNT OLIVE — Junior Meghan Araldi and freshman Haley Russell each posted a top-25 finish as the Barton women’s cross-country team wound up ninth among 11 teams with 226 points in the Conference Carolinas championship meet Saturday morning.
Host Mount Olive seized its sixth consecutive championship with 17 points. North Greenville surfaced as the runner-up with 70 points.
Completing the top five were King (86), Southern Wesleyan (108) and Belmont Abbey (122).
For the Lady Bulldogs, Araldi took the 19th spot in 24 minutes, 43 seconds, while Russell wound up 25th in 24:56.
Other Barton finishers were Morgan Lane, a freshman from Community Christian, 50th (26:47); Taylynn Blunt, 82nd (31:22); Telina Bunch, 84th (32.16); and Danyetta Ruffin, 91st (40:27).
The Lady Bulldogs failed to land a runner on the three all-conference units, totaling 15 runners.
Mount Olive swept the individual honors with Shona Blades, runner of the year; Amber Owens, freshman of the year; and Matt van Lierop, coach of the year.
Barton squads dunked by Mary Washington
ROCKY MOUNT — The Barton men’s swimming team suffered a tough 133-129 loss to Mary Washington, while the women lost 170-90 to Mary Washington in Barton’s home opener in the Harrison Family YMCA pool on Saturday.
The Bulldogs were sparked by freshman Jonathan York with three individual victories —1,000-yard freestyle (9 minutes, 56.49 seconds); the 200 butterfly (1:58.88) and the 100 butterfly (54.03).
Notching a pair of first-place finishes was freshman Tegan Brown in the 100 backstroke (52.47) and 200 backstroke (1:59.48).
The Bulldogs’ other top finish was posted by the 400 freestyle relay quartet of juniors James Day and Robert Zamorano, sophomore Harrison Strutz and freshman Colton Spence with a time of 3:14.83.
Leading the Lady Bulldogs was sophomore Kleanza Cathers with victories in the 200 backstroke (2:13.02) and 200 individual medley (2:17.8).
Sophomore Nicola Macdonald won the 200 freestyle (2:03.74) and joined freshmen Adalaya Nemitz and Cathers and sophomore Alayna Moore in forming the 400 freestyle relay that prevailed in 3:42.22.
With 2-1 records, both Barton squads travel to Hampden-Sydney, Virginia, on Friday. The men oppose Hampden-Sydney and Randolph Macon, while the women go against Randolph Macon. The meet begins at 6 p.m.