Barton gets sweep of Mount Olive

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MOUNT OLIVE — The Barton College women’s volleyball team kept pace with Belmont Abbey in the loss column of the Conference Carolinas North Division on Tuesday night with a 25-16, 25-23, 25-17 victory over the University of Mount Olive in Kornegay Arena.

It was the 10th straight victory for Barton (12-13, 8-2 CC) against its archrival, dating back to the 2014 season. UMO (6-18, 1-9 CC) held a six-point lead on two occasions in the second set at 16-10 and 22-16 before Barton rallied to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Sophomore Kaytlin Elkins tallied a double-double of 17 kills and 17 digs. Sarah Kirk, a freshman, had nine assists, four kills and a pair of service errors. Senior setter Angelica Acevedo had 19 assists in running Barton’s offense, with redshirt senior and Fike High product Riley Bane excelled defensively with 16 digs.

Barton dominated the first set, holding leads of 17-10 and 23-13, ending a set in which it hit .229 on a kill by Elkins.

In the second set, an 8-0 surge by the Lady Bulldogs erased UMO’s second six-point lead and forced a Lady Trojans timeout. UMO pulled to within a point, but another Elkins kill put Barton up by two sets.

Barton carried a 21-12 lead late in the third set, with freshman Brittany Silance delivering an ace to make it 21-12. After a brief insurgence from the Lady Trojans, a pair of errors secured the sweep for Barton.

Two road matches await Barton this weekend, beginning at Southern Wesleyan on Friday and North Greenville on Saturday.