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On the first day of competition for the 2017-18 school year, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams from Barton College were left without a win in season-opening invitationals.
In a rescheduled match in the BC Classic due to inclement weather Friday, the Barton women’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to the University of Missouri-St. Louis at WRAL Soccer Park in Raleigh. Elsewhere, the Lady Bulldogs volleyball team, defending NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas champions, were left with an 0-2 start following losses to Oklahoma Baptist and Barry University in the Bahama House Classic at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Barton will finish the BC Classic on Sunday, with the Lady Bulldogs taking on Catawba College at 5 p.m. at Ting Park in Holly Springs. The Lady Bulldogs of head coach Jeff Lennox conclude play Saturday in the Bahama House Classic, facing Lynn University at 10 a.m. and host Embry-Riddle at 2 p.m.
Just over 54 minutes into her Barton career, junior transfer forward Jordyn Brown provided the scoring punch that the Lady Bulldogs hoped to receive when she arrived from Young Harris College.
But on this day, one goal wasn’t enough.
Brown’s goal off senior Taylor Doeble’s assist in the 55th minute equalized the match, but USML’s Rose Crabtree unleashed a long shot off the left wing that curled inside the far post in the 71st for the game winner.
Barton was outshot 13-2 by the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tritons, and after a scoreless first half, USML’s Lexi Norton finished a cross from Kylie Thwing to make it 1-0.
Senior goalkeeper Haley Sauls had five saves for Barton, with McKenzie DeRouen pressed into one save for the Tritons. Yet it was a significant stop, as DeRouen tipped the shot of Barton’s other Young Harris transfer, Laisy Scardazzi, over the crossbar in the 17th minute.
Against Oklahoma Baptist in the season opener, Barton was held to an .025 hitting percentage in the 28-26, 25-20, 25-17 defeat.
The Lady Bulldogs had their best opportunity in the first set after trailing 20-15. Barton went on a 10-4 run to rally its way to a set point, but the Bison’s Nicole Fleitman erased the opportunity with a kill. From 27-26, Cadyn Laing’s kill ended the set and put Barton in the early hole.
In the second set, Barton was in a 17-17 deadlock before Oklahoma Baptist of the Great American Conference, behind a match-high .270 hitting percentage, closed matters on an 8-3 spurt. Seven of the eight Oklahoma Baptist points were earned via kills.
The Lady Bulldogs crept to a 15-14 lead in the third and final set, but threatened no more. Oklahoma Baptist separated with a 6-0 run, and Sophia Couto’s kill ended the match and gave the Bison the sweep.
Angelica Acevedo had 24 assists for Barton, while freshman Kaytlin Elkins talled 10 kills. Miranda Miller, a senior, finished with 8.
Mikayla Watson’s eight kills led the Bison.
Versus Barry, the Lady Bulldogs pounded their way to a .345 hitting percentage in the second set to roll to the 25-11 set win. However, Barry replied with a .391 clip in the third set, and held Barton off in the fourth en route to a 25-22, 11-25, 25-13, 25-23 decision.
Miller finished with a career-high 11 kills against the Sunshine State Conference Buccaneers as Elkins added seven. Acevedo tallied 31 assists and 11 digs.
In the fourth set, Barton held a 15-10 lead after a combo block from Haley Headley and senior Courtney Wiseman. However, three consecutive attack errors from the Lady Bulldogs tightened matters again. From a 23-23 stalemate, Barry engineered back-to-back kills from Genesis Castillo, who had a match-high 13 kills, to finish matters.