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Lady Bulldogs sweep Chowan

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MURFREESBORO — Following a 1-3 showing in the Bahama House Classic, the Barton College women’s volleyball team returned closer to home Tuesday and had little trouble in dispensing with in-state foe Chowan University in a 25-13, 25-21, 25-16 victory.
The Lady Bulldogs (2-3) were paced offensively by freshman Katylin Elkins and her match-high 16 kills. Senior Miranda Miller had five kills and 10 digs as junior setter Angelica Acevedo ran the offense with 32 assists. She also tacked on nine digs defensively.
Junior Allie Cullens had 12 kills.
Chowan (0-4), out of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, was trampled by Barton in the early stages as the Lady Bulldogs earned an 11-2 lead. Barton saw the margin dip to as little as 13-9, but recovered to end the set with a 6-0 surge, punctuated by a block from Cullens.
Barton was challenged a bit more in the second set, having to erase a 10-6 deficit and turn it into a one-point edge at 13-12. From 24-21, Acevedo set up junior Haley Headley with the kill, putting the Lady Bulldogs up two sets.
In the third set, Barton hit .250 and owned the floor with 15 kills on its 25 points. Cullens finished the match with her 12th and final kill.
Barton will now head to the USC Aiken Invitational, where it will play Lander Unversity at 5 and the host Pacers at 7 in Aiken, S.C. The Lady Bulldogs encounter Fayetteville State at noon Saturday followed by Augusta University at 2.
MEN’S GOLF
SNOW HILL — Junior Justin Plane forced his way into a three-way playoff as the Bulldogs ended the Cutter Creek Invitational by placing second in the fall event held at Cutter Creek Golf Club.
Plane, after authoring a final-round 70 on Wednesday, faced off with Cape Fear Communty College’s Tanner Norris and Liam McAnally of the University of Mount Olive in a playoff. McAnally sank a par putt on the first playoff hole to win the individual title.
Barton shot 297 as a team in the final round as freshman Bryson Boyette, a product of Fike High, followed with a 74. Sophomore Dominic O’Brien had a 76 and senior Derek Hamm contributed a 77.
UMO won the team title with a two-day score of 584, Barton carded a 599, with Cape Fear checking in one stroke back at 600.
Barton’s “B” team, competing as individuals, was paced by the 72-75—147 of junior Soctt Pechacek.
Barton returns to play next Monday and Tuesday at the Kiawah Island Invitational, held at Kiawah Island’s Resort Osprey Point course.
WOMEN’S GOLF
SNOW HILL —  With a two-day score of 335-334—669, the Lady Bulldogs concluded play in the Cutter Creek Invitational with the same fifth-place finish as they ended Tuesday’s opening round.
Junior Maria Garcia paced Barton with a second-round score of 80 and was 18th in the tournament field at 162. Nikki Norlin, a sophomore, finished 25th in the 44-golfer field with her 86-82—168.
Barton’s Conference Carolinas cohort, Limestone College, cruised to victory in the team standing with a 299-293—592. That was 19 shots clear of UMO, with Belmont Abbey third at 643.
The Saints’ Hailey Cleary was the individual medalist, carding a career-low 69 on Tuesday after an opening 73 Monday.
The Lady Bulldogs are back on the course during the final week of September at the Battle at Old South in Bluffton, South Carolina.

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