Lady Bulldogs rally to dump Limestone in 4 sets

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GAFFNEY, S.C. — For the first time in NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas play this season, the Barton College women’s volleyball team trailed after dropping the opening set of a match Saturday night.

But the Lady Bulldogs battled back over the next three sets to remain unbeaten and pull away for a 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 victory over Limestone College inside the Timkin Center.

Barton, now 9-11 overall and 5-0 in conference play, won its sixth straight match and handed head coach Jeff Lennox his 101st career victory. Limestone fell to 8-6 in all matches, 5-2 within the league.

In the fourth set, Barton put the match away with 16 kills and an effective .240 hitting percentage on the attack. 

Junior Kelsey Riquelme had nine kills in conjunction with five block assists, while senior Allie Cullens had four block assists and seven kills. Kaytlin Elkins, a sophomore, had 17 kills as part of a double-double that included a career-high 14 digs.

Angelica Acevedo, a senior, ran the offense with 36 sets from her setter position and had 11 digs. Fike High product Riley Bane had 15 digs.

Barton trailed 18-17 in the second set, but equalized on the strength of consecutive kills by Cullens and Elkins.

Limestone forged a 5-0 lead to start the third set, but Barton erased it en route to a 17-12 cushion. From 23-22, a Limestone service error and an ace from freshman Brittany Silance sent Barton into the fourth set with the lead.

Barton claimed nine of the final 12 points in the fourth set, including three straight kills from Elkins to finish it. The final set featured 14 ties and five lead changes.

Madyson Lousignont led Limestone with 19 of its 39 kills.

The Lady Bulldogs conclude their South Carolina road swing Saturday with an afternoon match at Converse.