Barton comes back to top Tornado in conference semis

Photo: Danielle Stauffer
Photo: Danielle Stauffer

WILSON, N.C. – The King University women's volleyball team was in a familiar place, the Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball Championship at north division top seed Barton College. The north division third seeded Tornado started fast and held a 2-1 lead over the Bulldogs. However, Barton rallied to take the final two sets for the 3-2 win, ending King's season.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Barton 3, King 2 (25-23, 22-25, 16-25, 25-18, 15-9)
LOCATION: Wilson Gym; Wilson, N.C.
RECORDS: King 13-15; Barton 21-8

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • King couldn't have asked for a better start to the contest, rolling off eight straight points to take an 8-1 lead early. Ashton Beckner posted three kills and Cathy Scaniffe added a pair on the run.
  • The Tornado later led 13-6 before the Bulldogs began to gradually work their way back. Barton scored four straight points to take a 21-20 lead before Jenna Sturgeon answered for the Tornado.
  • Barton then scored three of the next four points to have a chance at set point. King staved off one set point, but the Bulldogs scored the next point to take the set 25-23.
  • The Bulldogs grabbed the early lead in the second set and held a 9-6 advantage before King scored five of the next six points to take an 11-10 lead following a Sturgeon kill.
  • Trailing 12-11, King rolled off five straight points to take a 16-12 lead and force a Barton timeout. Scaniffe, Beckner and Haley Roe all posted kills on the spurt.
  • Barton used a 4-0 run to even the score at 18-18 before the teams started to trade points.
  • The set was even for the last time at 21-21 before Remi Thele and Sturgeon came up with a block for the Tornado. Scaniffe followed with another stuff to give King a two point advantage.
  • Following a Bulldog point, Scaniffe recorded back-to-back kills to give King the 25-22 victory and even the match at 1-1.
  • King kept that momentum to start the third set as Beckner registered three kills on a 5-0 run that put the Tornado ahead 5-1.
  • Barton came back to get within 8-7, but King answered with five straight points, to take a 12-7 lead. Roe served up a pair of aces and Tristyn Lozano capped the spurt with a kill.
  • The Tornado continued to extend their lead and used another 5-0 run capped by a Beckner kill to give King a chance at set point.
  • Barton scored four consecutive points, but Sturgeon came up with a solo block to give King the set 25-16.
  • King held a 9-8 lead before Barton rolled off seven straight points to take a 15-9 lead.
  • The Tornado later scored three straight points to pull back within 20-16, but the Bulldogs closed out the set scoring five of the final seven points for the 25-18 victory.
  • In the fifth set, Barton used a 3-1 run to gain a 6-3 advantage.
  • The Tornado answered with back-to-back points on kills from Lozano and Thele, but Barton responded with three straight points to take a 9-5 lead.
  • King couldn't come back after that as the Bulldogs took the set 15-9 and the match 3-2.
  • Beckner led King with 17 kills and seven blocks. She also hit .368 in the match, only making three errors.
  • Scaniffe followed with 12 kills to go along with eight digs and Stugeon added nine kills.
  • Roe posted a double-double with 44 assists and 17 digs.
  • Amy Serowski led the Tornado with 34 digs and Sydney Pigage added 12.

FOR THE FOES

  • Mariana Kedzia led Barton with 13 kills and 15 digs.
  • Courtney Wiseman added 12 kills and Hayley Marshburn recorded 12 kill and 15 digs.
  • Angelica Acevedo handed out 46 assists and registered 14 digs.
  • Riley Bane led the Bulldog defense with 32 digs while Laura Peed added 16 digs.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • In the final match of her career, Beckner matched her career-highs with 17 kills and seven blocks.
  • Beckner was also named to the all-tournament team at the completion of the tournament.
  • Serowski set a career-best with 34 digs, bettering her previous high of 29 set last season in the Conference Carolinas semifinal against Limestone College.
  • The double-double for Roe marked her 14th of the season. She also came within her career-high of 18 digs.
  • Pigage also came within one dig of her career-high of 17 digs.
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