Lady Cougars sweep matches on Saturday, play in Region VI Championship on Sunday

The Barton Community College volleyball team won both of their matches in impressive fashion Saturday in the Region VI playoffs held at Newman University in Wichita.  Barton started the day with a three-set sweep of Hutchinson Community College and then followed with another sweep of Seward County Community College in the winner’s bracket finals.  Barton, the top seed in the tournament, will play in the championship game on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. against the Hutchinson-Seward winner. 

In the region’s semifinals against Hutch, Barton controlled from the onset building a 12-6 lead to win set one 25-20.  After a 4-4 tie in set two, the Lady Cougars outscored Hutch 21-10 the rest of the way to win 25-14.  Set three was much the same as Barton never let Hutch into the match and jumped out to a 13-4 lead enroute to a 25-14 final score that gave Barton the sweep.

In the winner’s bracket finals late Saturday evening, Barton and Seward traded point for point in set one and were tied at 15.  After a two point run by Barton and a Seward timeout, the Lady Cougars extended their lead to four at 21-17.  After back to back errors by Barton to draw Seward to within two at 23-21, Barton closed out the set to win 25-22.  Set two was a much different story as Barton jumped on Seward early to take a 6-1 lead.  The Lady Saints were never able to recover as Barton went on to cruise thru the second set 25-10.   Barton wrapped up the match and its place in the championship game on Sunday by continuing its dominance over Seward and winning 25-13.

Barton will be seeking its second straight Region VI Championship and national tournament berth on Sunday against the winner of the Seward-Hutch match.  Since the Region VI Tournament format is double elimination, Barton would have to lose twice for that not to happen.  First serve for the Championship game is 2:00 p.m. and can be viewed via the internet at

A complete schedule of the Region VI Tournament can be found at

Released:  November 5, 2011

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