by Kevin Buczek
WILSON, N.C.-The Barton College women's volleyball team will play its last home game of the regular season on Friday when the Lady Bulldogs entertain Conference Carolinas rival Mount Olive College at 6 p.m.
Barton will honor its lone senior in right-side hitter Jordan Lee before Friday's match in the Dog House.
Barton College Women's Volleyball
The Lady Bulldogs have won their last two matches including an electrifying 3-2 comeback win against Converse College on Tuesday. Barton eventually won the match 21-25, 25-16, 23-25, 31-29, 15-8 to move into third place in the Conference Carolinas standings with a league mark of 9-5.
Barton is 13-10 overall including 7-3 in Wilson Gymnasium.
Junior Melissa Cochran leads Conference Carolinas with 4.08 points per set and 1.03 blocks per set. As of the latest NCAA Division II Statistics Report (thru games 10/27/13), Cochran ranks 51st nationally in points and 65th in blocks. Cochran also ranks fourth in the league with a .308 hitting percentage.
A total of five Lady Bulldogs are averaging over a kill per set including Cochran (3.31), freshman Kaitlyn Micol (2.66), Lee (1.46), junior Jillian Sherman (1.23) and sophomore Brittany Edwards (1.02).
Barton sits atop the conference standings in blocking with Edwards (0.89) and Lee (0.67) supporting Cochran on the front line defense.
Kelly and junior Corrina Morton continue to be Barton's primary setter and libero, respectively, throughout each match. Kelly is third in the league with 7.79 assists per set and Morton is fifth with 3.80 digs per set.
Barton will be playing Mount Olive for the second time in nine days after losing a four-set match to the Trojans in Mount Olive, N.C., on Oct. 23. The Lady Bulldogs won the first set 25-19 before MOC rallied with the next three sets by scores of 26-24, 25-23 and 25-16. Cochran paced all players with 16 kills.
Mount Olive Women's Volleyball
After starting the year 0-7, the Trojans have won 11 of their last 15 matches to move within two games of .500 at 11-13 overall. Mount Olive is one game behind Barton in fourth place the conference standings at 8-6. The Trojans would hold a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Bulldogs if they were able to complete the regular season sweep on Friday.
Senior Carly White is tied with Cochran atop the league rankings in blocks. White – a two-time All-Conference honoree – is fourth in the league with 2.99 kills per set and fifth in the conference with a .300 hitting percentage.
Other statistical leaders for Mount Olive include Nicole Karas (6.47 assists/set & 0.38 aces/set) and Nicole Sparks (3.43 digs/set). The Trojans are a balanced team ranking in the upper half of the conference in all statistical categories including kills, assists, digs, aces and blocks.
MOC finished a season-long five match home stand 4-1 by defeating Limestone College, 3-1, on Tuesday.
The Trojans are 4-7 away from Kornegay Arena.
White (12 kills), Lauren Lee (12) and Sarah Watkins (10) all reached double figure spikes in Mount Olive's win against Barton two weeks ago. Karas added 45 assists as the Trojans hit .197.