by Doug Page
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College Athletic Department will kick-off 2018 by hosting six-home events in the first week of the new year.
The Barton College men’s basketball team brings a 7-5 overall record into its matchup on Tuesday night against nationally-ranked No. 15 Virginia State University. Tip-off in Wilson is slated for 7 p.m. BC will look to get back into the win column after seeing its five-game winning streak snapped on the road at Shaw. The Bulldogs are 4-2 at home this season and defeated national-ranked No. 21 UNC Pembroke on Dec. 14 inside Wilson Gym.
Tuesday’s matchup against the Trojans is the first of four consecutive home games for BC, who will host Conference Carolinas members Lees-McRae (Jan. 5), King (Jan. 6), and Mount Olive (Jan. 10).
The Barton College women’s basketball team will finish the non-conference portion of its schedule with a road matchup against Shaw University on Tuesday night in Raleigh, N.C. at 6 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs (6-5) enter their contest against the Bears riding a three-game winning streak after defeating Fayetteville State on Dec. 30. Barton is 2-2 on the road this season.
BC returns home to host Conference Carolinas foe Lees-McRae on Fri. Jan. 5 at 5:30 p.m. inside Wilson Gym. The Lady will also host conference matchups against King (Jan. 6) and Mount Olive (Jan. 10).
The Barton College men’s volleyball team will look to defend its Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship and first-ever NCAA Men’s Volleyball Tournament trip on Thursday night in Wilson. The Bulldogs open the season by hosting NCAA Division I member and nationally-ranked No. 15 Grand Canyon University at 7 p.m.
BC finished the 2016-17 season with a perfect 15-0 mark at home and won 15 of its final 17 matches before falling to No. 4 BYU in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Grand Canyon finished last season with a 19-11 overall record and advanced to the MIVA Tournament Championship after upsetting No. 7 Lewis in the semifinals. The Lopes would drop a 3-0 decision against No. 2 Ohio State and fall just short of making an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
The Bulldogs will hit the road for three weeks before returning home to host Conference Carolinas foe Erskine on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. inside Wilson Gym.