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Barton College Roundup: Lady Bulldogs sweep home tri-match to claim 13th straight win

Barton teams dominate in opener

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BARTON COLLEGE ROUNDUP

The Barton College women’s volleyball team honored a quintet of seniors in style Saturday afternoon, hosting a tri-match with NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas archrival University of Mount Olive and nonconference foe Shaw University.

In moving to 16-6 overall and 10-0 against conference opposition, Barton dispatched both UMO and Shaw by 3-1 scores. Barton turned back UMO 25-19, 21-25, 25-16, 25-19 while subduing Shaw 25-17, 26-28, 25-17, 25-12.

Against UMO (8-16, 4-6 CC), senior Courtney Wiseman provided 17 kills and a .517 hitting percentage. Junior Angelica Acevedo had 45 assists and 14 digs, while senior Miranda Miller tallied nine kills and 11 digs.

After splitting the first two sets, the Lady Bulldogs roared to a 22-9 lead in the third. A Wiseman kill and UMO attack error put Barton up 2-1. The fourth set saw Barton’s 20-15 lead trimmed to two, but Barton pulled away with three straight points.

Freshman Kaytlin Elkins took over against Shaw (21-4), responsible for 21 kills. Mirana Miller, a senior, had a double-double of 14 kills and 14 digs. Acevedo ran the offense with 51 assists.

With Barton holding a 2-1 lead in the fourth set, junior Haley Headley had three kills to push Barton’s advantage from four to eight. The Lady Bulldogs hit .360 in the final set to pull away.

Senior Day was observed for Janay Yulis, Olivia Daley, Wiseman, Miller and Breyonna Brown, a product of Fike High.

Barton visits Erskine College on Friday.

SWIMMING

ROCKY MOUNT — The Barton College swim teams launched their respective seasons with dominating performances against the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and William Peace University on Saturday in the Harrison Family YMCA pool.

The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs combined to win 21 of the 22 events, with the men’s team claiming first place in all 11 events. The Lady Bulldogs established seven program records and the men notched four.

Combined, Barton conquered William Peace 277-41 and UNC Pembroke 141-49. The men defeated William Peace 125-36, while the women overwhelmed William Peace 152-5 and prevailed 141-49 against UNC Pembroke.

Posting wins for the Bulldogs were the 200-yard medley relay quartet of Jaksa Gabric, Jonathan Moss’ Luis Reyes and Cameron Cardenas with a time of 1:41.65; the 400-yard freestyle relay of Reyes, Harrison Strutz, Robert Zamorano and James Day in 3:20.74; Zamarano with a time of 10:16.11 in the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 500 freestyle (4:58.85).

Day set the pace in the 200 freestyle (1:47.71) and 100 freestyle (49.87). Gabric won the 100 backstroke in 53.61; Strutz claimed the 50 freestyle in 22.54; Gabric led three Barton swimmers in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.15).

For the Lady Bulldogs, Nicola Macdonald, Callie Burnette, Kazia Patzer and Kristen Price started the afternoon by capturing the 200 medley relay (1:56.91). In the 400 freestyle relay, Macdonald, Alayna Moore, Ashley Brown and Aly Jones seized the top spot in 4:01.

Keanza Cathers brought home first place in the 100 freestyle (55.41) and 200 freestyle (2:00.12). Annika Jasek-Rydahl captured the 500 freestyle (5:39.75) and 1,000 freestyle (11:33.95). Callie Burnette won the 200 individual medley (2:27.22) and 100 breaststroke (1:11.21) and Macdonald led a trio of Barton swimmers in the 50 freestyle (25.74).

Barton’s teams travel to Frederickburg, Virginia, on Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. to oppose the University of Mary Washington.

MEN’S SOCCER

Bulldogs lose 3-1 at NGU

TIGERVILLE, S.C. — Needing a victory and three points to pull even in the battle for the eighth and final spot in the Conference Carolinas tournament, the Barton College men’s soccer team was instead handed a fatal blow to those hopes in a 3-1 loss to North Greenville on Saturday.

Barton (4-10-1, 1-7-1 CC) fell behind 2-0 in the second half before freshman Ruben Mancio brought one back off a set piece. Junior Tolly Beatson launched a corner kick in the 66th minute that was headed in by Mancio. However, North Greenville’s Marlon Evans denied the Bulldogs a needed equalizer when he finished an assist from Keletso Mathathe in the 87th.

Both teams had 10 shots on frame, with senior keeper Jens Madsen Hordvik collecting seven saves.

Barton, which has just one conference match remaining against King University on Saturday, will travel to Coker College on Wednesday night. The Bulldogs hosted National Christian College Athletic Association member Regent University on Monday night after press deadline for the Times.

North Greenville (4-8-1, 3-5-1 CC) now leads the Bulldogs by six points in the standings with one league match remaining for each, thereby eliminating Barton from postseason consideration.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Lady Bulldogs fall in OT

TIGERVILLE, S.C. — The Barton College women’s soccer team’s hopes of hosting a first-round match in the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas tournament were damaged with Saturday afternoon’s 2-1 double-overtime loss to North Greenville University.

The Lady Bulldogs dropped to 4-3-3 in the conference and to 6-6-3 in all matches. Barton slipped to fifth in the conference, and the top four teams play at home the opening round of the tournament. Barton must not only defeat King University at home next weekend but get help to wind up in the top four.

The Crusaders, at 5-3-1, moved past the Lady Bulldogs and into a tie for third place wtth Belmont Abbey. Those teams lead Barton by a point.

Heartbreak occurred for the Lady Bulldogs with a mere 26 seconds left in the second overtime.

North Greenville senior Tori Owens intercepted a headed clear attempt in the middle of the field and chipped a looping shot from 30 yards out that sailed over the head of Barton senior goalkeeper Haley Sauls.

Barton was shut out until the 60th minute. Then, sophomore Rebekah Beal provided the equalizer with her eighth goal of the season on a shot launched from near midfield.

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