Lady Bulldogs split on first day of Queens Fall Classic

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CHARLOTTE — After starting the season with four losses last weekend in Alaska, the Barton College women’s volleyball team found itself on more familiar ground Friday — and with more familiar results.

The Lady Bulldogs, the defending NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas champions, claimed their first win of the season Friday, defeating Georgia College in five sets in the first match of two in the Queens Volleyball Fall Classic. However, the second match saw the Lady Bulldogs lose a four-set affair to their former Conference Carolinas rival as the host Royals claimed a 25-19, 23-25, 25-16, 25-17 outcome that left Barton staring at a 1-5 record.

After losing the first set, Barton rallied from a 20-17 deficit in the second set behind four consecutive kills from sophomore Kaytlin Elkins. From 22-22, another Elkins kill put the Lady Bulldogs up by a point, and a combo block by Santana Mestas and Camryn Frederick put Barton on set point. A Frederick kill ended the set.

Queens, which hit a match-high .260 in the third set, went on a 9-3 surge to take command. Elkins’ service error gave the South Atlantic Conference Royals a 2-1 lead.

With Queens owning a 15-14 lead in the fourth set, a 7-2 push put the Bulldogs down by six. Jordan Proszenyak’s kill ended the match.

Elkins led all players with 25 kills. Redshirt senior Riley Bane, a Fike High product, recorded 25 digs. Casey Tarvin’s 16 kills led Queens, which remained unbeaten in four matches.

Barton,  in its 25-17, 10-25, 27-25, 21-25, 15-10 victory over Georgia College, notched 10 kills without an error in the decisive fifth set. Elkins hammered five of her team-best 24 kills in the final set, including three as Barton scored the match’s final four points. Elkins also had nine digs, narrowly missing a double-double, while freshman Peyton Kendall had 12 kills and 14 digs and senior Allie Cullens had 11 kills and six total blocks. Senior Angelica Acevedo posted a match-high 48 assists to go with 12 digs and four kills.

The Bobcats were paced by Taylor Svehla, who recorded 27 kills while hitting at a sizzling .436 percentage.

Barton trailed 24-20 in the third set before Cullens had a pair of back-to-back kills to trigger a Lady Bulldogs rally. After GC tied the score at 25, a kill by Kendall and a block by Cullens gave Barton the win.

Barton will continue play in the tournament Saturday against Anderson University at 12:15 p.m. and Augusta at 4:45 p.m.