Win streak improves to eight in a row for women’s volleyball with triumphs over Lees-Mcrae and Winston-Salem State

Archived photo of junior Courtney Wiseman who had a combined 19 kills in Barton's two victories over Lees-McRae and Winston-Salem State in Saturday's tri-match. | Photo by Keith Tew
Archived photo of junior Courtney Wiseman who had a combined 19 kills in Barton's two victories over Lees-McRae and Winston-Salem State in Saturday's tri-match. | Photo by Keith Tew
by Cory Guinn

BANNER ELK, N.C. – Barton's women's volleyball team continued it string of recent success, winning two matches over Lees-McRae College and Winston-Salem State University in a tri-match on Saturday afternoon.

Barton 3, Lees-McRae 0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-13)

The first set of the day between Barton and Lees-McRae was a back-and-forth affair early until the Bobcats were able to get out to a 14-10 lead midway through. BC cut the Bobcat lead to 20-19 on a kill by senior Mariana Kedzia and eventually took the lead following a service ace from fellow senior Laura Peed. Barton scored four of the final six points in the first set to come away with a two-point victory.

Barton led 4-1 early on in the second set until Lees-McRae battled back to tie the set at 5-5. BC trailed just once in the second set at 9-8, but reclaimed the lead quickly and fended off a LMC comeback attempt to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

The Lady Bulldogs opened up the third set with a 13-3 run, cruising to an eight-point win in the final set to seal the win and improve to 12-7 overall with a 9-1 mark in Conference Carolinas play.

BC hit .275 in the match, thanks in large part to the .625 hitting mark from junior Courtney Wiseman who put down 10 kills without an error to go along with five total blocks.

Sophomore Hayley Marshburn led all players with 13 kills and hit .286 from the outside, while Kedzia and sophomore Allie Cullens finished with eight and seven kills, respectively. Sophomore Angelica Acevedo totaled a match-high 36 assists, as redshirt-sophomore Riley Bane finished with 11 digs on defense.

Barton 3, Winston-Salem State 0 (25-9, 25-13, 25-14)

The Lady Bulldogs moved their current win streak to eight games in a row with a straight-set sweep of non-conference opponent Winston-Salem State in the team's second match of the day. Winston-Salem hit in the negative in each set as Barton forced the Ram into 24 attack errors at the net.

BC never trailed in the match, controlling each set from start to finish. Winston-Salem State was able to get within four points of the Barton lead in the first set, but a 12-1 run by the Lady Bulldogs quickly ended the frame.

The two sides remained within three points of one another in the early going of the second set until eight unanswered points put Barton ahead 20-9. Senior Kaitlyn Micol ended the set with a kill to put BC ahead 2-0 in the match.

Barton began the third and final set with 13 consecutive points to build a lead the Rams could not overcome as junior transfer Miranda Miller ended the match with a kill.

Wiseman finished with nine kills, while Marshburn registered nine kills of her own to go with eight digs. Bane led all players with 13 digs, as Kedzia and Peed totaled nine and eight digs, respectively.

Barton continues its brief road trip on Tuesday, Oct. 18 as it travels to Pembroke, N.C. for a non-conference contest with UNC Pembroke at 5 p.m.