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Coming off a 3-0 week that saw the Barton College men’s volleyball team extend its winning streak to 14 games, senior Aleksa Brkovic was tabbed the Off the Block Men’s Volleyball National Libero of the Week on Monday.
Brkovic averaged 16 digs and 3.7 assists in the three-match span that saw the Bulldogs defeat Mount Olive, Belmont Abbey and Queens. Brkovic had 21 digs in the four-set win over Mount Olive.
He’s second all-time in Barton history with digs with 666.
Off the Block, a website launched in 2011, is considered the nation’s leader in college men’s volleyball coverage.
Barton (20-3, 13-1) can clinch the Conference Carolinas regular-season title with a win Friday at King University.
Back to back for Clemons
For the second straight meet, Barton junior Micah Clemons won the men’s hammer throw, giving him a compelling case for his second straight Conference Carolinas Outdoor Men’s Field Athlete of the Week award.
This time, it was in the 2019 Adidas Trojan Challenge, where Clemons, the defending Conference Carolinas champion in the event, turned in an effort of 186 feet, 10 inches. He also owns school outdoor records in the shot put (49-3), discus throw (144-6) and hammer throw (191-0).
Last week in the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational in Rock Hill, S.C., Clemons established the new Barton standard in the hammer throw with his 191-0 launch.
Barton is back in action Saturday at the Phoenix Invitational, hosted by Elon University.
Bulldogs bow to No. 4 Catawba
SALISBURY — The Barton baseball team fell behind 12-0 after seven innings and mustered just three hits Tuesday afternoon in a 12-2 loss to No. 4-ranked Catawba College at Newman Park.
Barton (23-15) of Conference Carolinas yielded runs in every Catawba at-bat with the exception of the fourth and eighth innings.
The South Atlantic Conference Indians had 11 hits, while Greg Brown held the Bulldogs at bay through 7 2/3 innings on the mound. Brown allowed one hit and recorded 11 strikeouts. He walked just one batter.
Connor Patterson took the loss for Barton after starting and working three innings. He allowed six hits, with four of his five runs being earned.
Noah Almond homered in the eighth inning to avert the shutout, sending a ball over the wall in center field for his fifth long ball of 2019. In the ninth, Jacob Marcos doubled and eventually scampered home on a wild pitch.
For Catawba, Hunter Shepherd was 3 for 5 with a two-run homer in the first and three RBIs. Jackson Raper added a home run for Catawba as part of a 2-for-4, three-RBI showing.
Lee Poteat was 3 for 3 for Catawba. Marcos doubled for Barton.
The Bulldogs begin a three-game Conference Carolinas series at Nixon Field against Erskine on Friday.
Barton 9th at River Rumble
LENOIR CITY, Tenn. — Gaining two positions in the final round, the Barton College men’s golf team settled into a ninth-place finish at the Tennessee River Rumble on Tuesday, held at WindRiver Golf Club.
Barton posted a 26-over 602 on the par-72, 7,018-yard layout as the event was shortened to two rounds due to cold weather.
Sophomore Bryson Boyette, a Fike High product, led Barton with a 2-over 146 to tie for 16th. Boyette owned a 2-under for his final round. Senior Justin Plane was 3-over at 147.
Host and No. 11-ranked Lincoln Memorial won the team title by five shots over Carson-Newman. Harry Boyle of LMU scorched the course to win medalist honors with a 9-under 135.
Barton will serve as host for the 2019 Conference Carolinas Championships from April 14-16 at Cutter Creek Golf Club in Snow Hill.