Quarterfinals exit repeat for Barton

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Been there, done that.

Another unprecedented and championship season for the Barton College women’s volleyball team ended in the same fashion Thursday night in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region quarterfinals.

Seeded No. 8, the Lady Bulldogs, regular-season and tournament queens from Conference Carolinas, were eliminated in the opening round by host and top-seeded Flagler 25-14, 25-13, 25-20.

Barton fell behind 13-4 at the outset, and the tone was set.

Flagler, the Peach Belt Conference tournament champion, advances into the semifinals with a 25-3 record, while Barton exited at 23-8.

In its first regional appearance last season, Barton was ousted in the opening round by No. 1-seeded University of South Carolina at Aiken.

The Lady Bulldogs, who lost a set in November for the first time, hit for percentages of .188 in the first set, .120 in the second and .184 in the third. Flagler responded, respectively, with percentages of .133, .435 and .278.

Spearheading head coach Jeff Lennox’s Barton squad were junior Angelica Acevedo with 19 assists. freshman standout Kaytlin Elkins with 14 kills, freshman Ashley Owen with seven digs. Acevedo, junior Riley Bane and Elkins contributed six assists each. However, the Lady Bulldogs, victorious in 20 of their previous 21 matches, were limited to 31 digs as compared to 42 for Flagler.

Senior Courtney Wiseman responded with three blocks in her final Barton appearance.

Flagler, a No. 1 seed for the first time in its eighth regional appearance, was paced by Sara Davis and Taja Valmyr with 12 kills each, Tara Savisky with 35 assists, Kayla Norelli with 13 digs and Raquel Kulak with five blocks.

Accomplished Barton careers ended for Wiseman, Breyonna Brown and Miranda Miller.

Bane and Brown are products of Fike High.