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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Barton College women’s volleyball players got the trip of a lifetime, but no victories, to start the season as the Lady Bulldogs went 0-4 in the University of Alaska Anchorage Invitational in matches Friday and Saturday.
Barton lost in straight sets to Alaska Fairbanks and Michigan Tech on Saturday after dropping a 3-1 decisions to the host Seawolves and Western New Mexico on Friday.
Sophomore Kaytlin Elkins and redshirt senior Riley Bane paced the Lady Bulldogs in the four matches as Elkins averaged nearly five kills per set and Bane, a Fike High product, posted averages of more than four digs per set.
Barton dropped a 25-15, 25-18, 25-18 decision to Alaska Fairbanks in its last match Saturday. Elkins had 10 kills and eight digs and Bane made 12 digs. Sophomore Camryn Frederick had a career-best eight kills and senior Allie Cullens had seven kills without an error.
In their 25-13, 25-16, 25-15 loss to Michigan Tech, the Lady Bulldogs posted their best attack percentage in their four matches, hitting at .133 but the Huskies answered with a .400 clip.
Elkins led Barton with 12 kills and 10 digs while Cullens had seven kills and hit at a .545 percentage.
In Friday’s late match, Barton lost 25-19, 25-14 to Alaska Anchorage before holding off the Seawolves 26-24 in set 3. However, the hosts finished the match with a 25-17 triumph in the fourth game.
Bane led Barton with 24 digs while sophomore Ashley Owen had 10 digs.
In their season-opening match Friday, the Lady Bulldogs rebounded from a 25-15 first-set loss to claim the second by a 25-22 margin. However, Western New Mexico won the next two games — 25-11, 25-15.
Elkins had 16 kills and 13 digs for Barton while senior Angelica Acevedo doled out 33 assists to go with nine digs. Bane recorded 16 digs.
Barton continues its lengthy road swing to start the season with four matches on Friday and Saturday at the Queens Volleyball Fall Classic in Charlotte. The Lady Bulldogs won’t play a home match until Sept. 19 when they welcome NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas foe Chowan into Wilson Gym.