Chowan volleyball sweeps Barton for first time since 2009
Published 9:43 am Thursday, October 13, 2022
MURFREESBORO – Chowan earned a volleyball sweep against their rival Barton for the first time since the 2009 season with a victory here Wednesday evening in Conference Carolinas play.
The Hawks, who improved too 7-13 overall and 4-5 in league play, won in straight sets (25-17, 25-18, 25-20).
Ellie Middleton paced the Hawks with 11 kills. Anixa Rosa-Martinez added nine kills, while Chloe Putnam posted six kills and Nia Baskin added five kills.
Diana Rodriguez collected 21 digs to lead the Hawks defensively. Chowan posted nine total blocks in the contest.
Barton opened the scoring in the first set with a kill before the Hawks rattled off the next six points. Middleton and Baskin teamed up for a block before Middleton collected a service ace. Rosa-Martinez added a solo block. Madison Hall and Putnam registered kills for the Hawks to extend the lead to 9-3.
Chowan pushed their lead to 14-6 on a pair of Middleton kills. Diana Rodriguez posted a service ace before a kill by Rosa-Martinez and Putnam added a kill. Middleton finished off the set with a trio of kills.
Both teams traded points early in the second set as Rosa-Martinez posted a kill followed by a Sydney Ginaitt service ace and a block by Nyah Powers and Putnam to put the Hawks up 6-4. Putnam picked up a kill and a block prior to the Bulldogs evening the score at 8-all.
Barton tried to take control of the set with small runs, but the Hawks answered after trailing 18-16 with a 9-0 run. Rosa-Martinez sparked the run with a kill followed by a block by Powers and a service ace by Hadley Prince. Middleton collected a kill and a block before Prince’s service ace took the set 25-18.
Once again, both teams would be separated by no more than a couple points in the early stages of the third set until a block by Hall shifted the momentum. Rosa-Martinez posted a block followed by a pair of kills by Baskin that forced a timeout by Barton with the Hawks leading 16-12.
Hall continued the momentum with a kill along with a pair of kills by Rosa-Martinez and a service ace by Prince pushed the score forward, 20-15. Middleton collected a pair of kills before a kill by Hall and Putnam ended the match.
Chowan hosts Belmont Abbey in Conference Carolinas action on Saturday, Oct. 15. First serve is slated for 2 pm.