Cougar Volleyball

Summer League Information
June 3 - June 25
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Summer Camp Information
Camps begin June 8th
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Phil Shoemaker takes over Cougar Volleyball
33-year Division I & II level veteran to lead Cougars


Cougars to offer summer camps in June

The Barton Community College volleyball program is offering volleyball camps for various ages throughout the month of June.  All Camps will be held at the Great Bend High School Panther Athletic Center.  Additional information can be obtained by contacting Coach Shoemaker at (620) 792-9374.

Beginner Skills Camp – June 8
Open to participants typically entering grades 4-6, the Beginner Skills Camp will teach basic volleyball skills in a fun environment.  Held Saturday June 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., cost is just $50 per person with camp t-shirt provided if registered by June 5th.

Intermediate Skills Camp – June 21
Open to participants typically entering grades 7-9, the Intermediate Skills Camp will is open to all levels and will teach individual and game-like skills such as passing, setting, attacking, serving, defense, and blocking.  Held Friday June 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., cost is just $50 per person with camp t-shirt provided if registered by June 19th.

Advanced Skills Camp – June 22
Open to participants typically entering grades 9-12, the Advanced Skills Camp focuses on more advanced techniques in small group and in-game settings such as passing, setting, attacking, serving, defense, and blocking.  Held Saturday June 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., cost is just $50 per person with camp t-shirt provided if registered by June 19th.

Barton hires former Wichita State coach to lead volleyball program

Meeting the approval of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees Tuesday evening, Phil Shoemaker will be taking over the Barton volleyball program as the Cougars new head coach for the 2013 season.  Shoemaker, a thirty-three year veteran of collegiate coaching, comes to Barton from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and replaces former Cougar head coach Andrea Rasmussen.  MORE

Title defense begins as the Cougars earn first round victory over Pratt

The Barton Volleyball team passed its first test in defending its Region VI crown as the Cougars downed Pratt Community College in four sets Tuesday night at the Barton Gym 25-21, 26-28, 25-20, and 25-23.   Defeating the Beavers for the third time this season and ending Pratt’s season at 9-20, the Cougars improve to 13-18 on the season and advance to the region’s final four to be held on Saturday and Sunday at Wichita’s Newman University.  Barton, the fourth seed of the tournament, will be seeking their third straight Region VI Championship and begin play at 10:00am Saturday.  The Cougars most likely will play top seeded Hutchinson Community College but await the results of the Hutch-Cloud County Community College match to be played on Wednesday.  

Derby’s Littleton named conference volleyball player of the week

Taylor Littleton spikes past Dodge City Community College’s Chelsea Beougher in first set action of Barton’s five-set victory.Barton volleyball player Taylor Littleton was named the KJCCC Verizon Wireless Player of the Week announced earlier this week.   A 2011 Derby High School graduate, the 6’0” sophomore middle blocker from Wichita was Barton’s go-to hitter last week as she hit .456 in leading Cougars to two conference victories.  In Barton’s sweep at Pratt Community College, Littleton hit .471 with seven blocks then followed that performance with a .444 six block performance against Cloud County Cloud County.  Spending most of her freshman season behind 2011 All-American Paula da Silva, Littleton is making the most of her season ranking 33rd nationally in blocks per game.   (Photo by Everett Royer of  MORE

Conference leader Hutchinson prevails in four to defeat Cougars

The Barton volleyball team had a tall task in taking down conference leader Hutchinson Community College and lost in four sets Tuesday night at the Barton Gym.  In a close battle in the match’s first two sets, Hutchinson pulled away late in the first to win 25-19 then fought off a set point to win the second 28-26.  The Cougars led throughout a nip-n-tuck third set before winning 26-24 to draw within one in the match but the Dragons responded with their strongest set of the night cruising to 25-13 victory.  Despite the loss, Barton remains in third place in the Jayhawk Conference and Region VI standings at 9-4 while slipping to 12-17 overall.   Hutchinson, who wrapped up regular season play tonight, improves to 21-6 on the season and wins the conference title under first-year and former Cougar head coach Patrick Hall with a 13-1 record.  With one regular season match remaining, Barton hopes to secure its hold on the third seed for the upcoming Region VI Tournament when they travel to Colby Community College for a 6:30 pm. match on Thursday.  The Cougars lead Colby by one in the conference and region race having defeated the Trojans in four sets back on September 26 at the Barton Gym.  Regardless of Thursday’s outcome Barton will host a first round playoff game on Tuesday October 30th.

Sophomore night shines bright in Cougars four-set victory over Cloud County

2012 Barton Volleyball sophomoresThe Cougars strung together three straight impressive set victories to put away Cloud County Community College tonight at the Barton gym.   Dropping the first set 23-25, the Cougars dominated the following sets winning 25-14, 25-20, and 20-19.  With the victory Barton improves to 9-3 in Jayhawk Conference play and 12-16 overall while Cloud drops to 1-10 in conference and 4-26 overall.   Honoring the soon-to-be departing sophomore members of the team after the match, Barton still has two regular season games remaining including next Tuesday’s home match against conference leading Hutchinson Community College.  The Cougars will wrap up the regular season on Thursday at Colby Community College as both teams will likely be vying for the number three seed in the upcoming Region VI tournament. First serve for each match is 6:30 p.m.

Cougars sweep Pratt to earn conference road victory; Solidify hold on third place

The Barton Community College Volleyball team solidified its hold on third place in the Jayhawk Conference and Region VI by defeating Pratt Community College in straight sets tonight in Pratt.  The Cougars easily won the first set 25-11 and pulled away midway through the second set to win 25-20.  Looking for the three-game sweep, the Cougars lead throughout the early part of the set only to have the Beavers battle back to draw within one at 15-14.  Barton answered with a 7-3 run to open up the gap and maintain the advantage for a 25-19 third set victory.  The Cougars improve to 11-16 overall but more importantly improve to 8-3 in conference and region play while Pratt drops to 7-18 and 3-8 in conference.  With three regular season games remaining, the Cougars will play two of the three at the Barton Gym beginning Thursday as Barton hosts Cloud County Community College.  Match time is set for 6:30 p.m. with special recognition given to the sophomore members of the team.

Cougars thwart Dodge City comeback to remain in third place

The Barton volleyball team rallied in the fourth set to capture a 3-1 set match victory this evening over Dodge City Community College in Dodge City.  The Cougars took the first set 25-21 and dominated the second 25-15 to appear well on the way to a three-set sweep.   However Dodge City regrouped and raced out to an early five-point lead to hold off the Cougars in winning the third set 22-25.  The Conquistadors carried the momentum into the fourth by again building an early slim lead only to have Barton reclaim the lead late in the set outscoring Dodge City 4-0 to take a 23-21 lead.   Facing match point at 24-23, Dodge City rallied to tie it at 26 before the Cougars won the last two points to win 28-26 and capture the match.   With the victory Barton remains in third place in the Jayhawk West at 7-3 and improve to 8-13 while Dodge City falls to 2-9 in conference play and 10-19 overall.  The Cougars will step away from conference play this weekend as they travel to West Plains, Missouri, to participate in the MSU-West Plains Grizzly Invitational on Friday and Saturday.  Barton will return to conference action next Tuesday traveling to Pratt for a 6:30 pm. match against Pratt Community College.

Seward County takes down Cougars for second time of season

For the second time this season, the Barton Community College volleyball team couldn’t get past Seward County Community College as the Lady Saints kept its second place stronghold with a 3-1 victory Wednesday evening in Liberal, Kansas.   Seward took the first set 25-22 but Barton bounced back for a 25-20 win to even the match before the Lady Saints dominated the third and fourth sets 25-16 and 25-17.  Seward improves to 7-1 in Jayhawk play and 12-14 overall while dropping Barton to 5-3 and 7-13 on the season.  Barton will look to keep its grip on third place in the conference standings next Monday as the Cougars host Garden City Community College in a 6:30 p.m. match at the Barton Gym.

Impressive performance lifts Cougars to 3-1 conference win over Colby

Bouncing back from a disappointing weekend, the Barton volleyball team put together a strong performance tonight in a 3-1 victory over Colby Community College.   Improving to 5-2 and moving into sole possession of third place in the Jayhawk standings, the Cougars opened up with an impressive 25-16 first set win.  After Colby returned the favor winning 25-19 in the second, the Cougars closed out the match with 25-22 and 25-21 victories.  With the victory Barton improves to 7-12 overall while Colby slips into fourth place at 4-3 and 14-7 overall.   The Cougars will have a week of rest before making the trip to Liberal to take on second place Seward County Community College at 6:30 p.m. at The Greenhouse.   The Saints, 6-1 in conference and 10-11 overall, defeated the Cougars back on August 29 in straight sets at the Barton Gym to open conference play. 

Cougars battle through tough competition at Hutchinson Invite

The Cougars didn’t face ranked opponents this weekend at the HCC Invitational, but they did face three opponents receiving national votes as the Cougars went 0-4 at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.   Barton lost three of the matches in three straight sets with one match going four.  Barton falls to 6-11 on the season and returns to Hutchinson on Monday for a key Jayhawk West match.  The Cougars, 4-1 in conference play, will take on the No. 19 ranked Blue Dragons at 6:30 p.m. for the top spot as Hutchinson sits in alone at the top of the West with a 5-0 record with Barton and Seward closely behind.  MORE

Cougars receive forfeit win

The Barton Volleyball team’s season overall record has been adjusted to reflect a recent NJCAA ruling.   The Cougars will gain a non-conference win due to Panola College forfeiting their August 24 victory over Barton due to an eligibility infraction.  The ruling improves Barton’s record to 6-7 overall with no effect on the Cougars 4-1 conference record.

Cougars escape with 20-18 fifth set road victory

Winning in dramatic five-set fashion for the second time in three days, the Cougars added Cloud County Community College to the list of victims tonight in Concordia.   Much like two days previous, the Cougars dominated the first set 25-10 and appeared to be headed for a quick three-set match.  However the T-birds had other plans and captured the second set 26-24.  Leading throughout the third set the Cougars cruised to a 25-13 victory only to have Cloud respond with a 25-16 thumping to force the deciding fifth set.  Cloud held small leads in the beginning only to have Barton come back to tie the set at seven.  The teams battled point for point the rest of the way until Barton outscored the T-birds 3-0 for the 20-18 win and pick up their fourth five-set victory against zero defeats.   The win improves Barton’s record to 4-1 in conference play and 6-7 overall as the Cougars picked up a victory this week from Panola College’s forfeit of their August 24 victory over Barton.   Cloud remains winless in conference play at 0-5 and drops to 3-10 overall.  MORE

Cougars fight off Dodge City to win 5th set conference match

Barton Volleyball's Jori Mote vs Dodge CityAfter seemingly having control of the match after winning the first set, the Lady Cougars had to battle back from a set deficit to capture the five-set victory over Dodge City Community College Monday night at the Barton Gym.    With the win Barton improves to 4-8 overall and 3-1 in conference play while Dodge City falls to 7-19 and 1-3.  The Cougars return to action Wednesday when they travel to Concordia to take on Cloud County Community College in a 6:30 p.m. match.  MORE

Photo by:  Everett Royer

Piland helps lead Cougar Volleyball to conference victory

Barton’s McKenzie Piland leads the Cougar attack as Pratt’s Ashlie Gramke defends in fourth set action Wednesday night at the Barton Gym.The Cougars returned to conference play tonight at the Barton Gym with a 3-1 set victory over Pratt Community College.  The Cougars captured the first set but suffered the loss of starting setter Jasbelle Cruz midway thru the set.  Freshman outside hitter McKenzie Piland stepped in to take Cruz’s place and helped lead Barton’s 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, and 25-15 victory.  Barton improves to 3-8 overall and 2-1 in conference play while Pratt falls to 4-7 and 1-3 respectively.  The Cougars return to action Monday when they host Dodge City Community College.  Match time is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Barton Gym.

Cougars upset #20 ranked team, go 1-3 in power packed Idaho Tournament

Featuring six teams ranked in the top ten of the NJCAA Division I poll, the Cougar Volleyball team was handed losses by three of those teams in Idaho this weekend.  Barton won their opening match of the Starr Corporation Tournament on Friday against No. 20 Northeastern Junior College and then dropped matches against the Nos. 4, 6, and 7 teams in the nation.  Barton drops to 2-8 on the season with six of those losses coming against nationally ranked teams.  The Cougars will return to conference play Wednesday to take on Pratt Community College in a 6:30 p.m. match at the Barton Gym. MORE

Cougars rally for fifth set conference victory

The Cougars rallied from two sets down Wednesday night on the road to defeat Garden City Community College  17-25, 18-25, 25-22, 29-27, 15-5.  Barton picks up its first win of the year to improve to 1-5 and even their conference mark at 1-1 while Garden City drops to 5-6 overall and 1-2 in conference play.  The Cougars leave today for Twin Falls, Idaho, where they will play three top seven nationally ranked teams Friday and Saturday in the STARR Corp Tournament hosted by the College of Southern Idaho.  MORE

Cougars lose conference opener to rival Seward

The start of the 2012 season for the Cougars hasn’t been what they envisioned for the reigning Region VI champions.  Wednesday night’s conference opener added to the early season questions as No. 14 Seward County Community College earned a hard fought rare three-game sweep of the Cougars at the Barton Gym.   A rematch of the 2011 Region VI Championship game, both teams entered the contest with identical 0-4 records after having competed in tournaments last weekend.  Seward controlled the first set 25-19 then escaped with narrow 27-25 and 26-24 victories to complete the sweep. 

Barton will have a week to make adjustments before traveling to Garden City on Wednesday to take on the Broncbusters.  Game time is 6:30 p.m. at the Dennis Perryman Athletic Complex.

Cougars drop four in Texas to open season

The Barton Volleyball team was handed four losses in Texas this weekend to open up the 2012 season.  Participating in the Dana Hatch Invite hosted by Tyler Junior College, the Cougars lost two matches on Friday and two more on Saturday.  Barton returns to action on Wednesday as they host Seward County Community College in Jayhawk Conference play openers for both teams.  Game time is 6:30 p.m. at the Barton Gym. MORE

High School Varsity Camp Information

Barton Volleyball is providing this camp to give the high school athletes the opportunity to compete in a highly competitive atmosphere prior to the high school season begins.  Open to all varsity level teams, cost is only $150 per team and provides t-shirts for all participants.  Camp is on July 28 and will run from 9:00am until 5:00pm.  For more information contact Head Coach Andrea Rasmussen at (620) 792-9374 or

Season home opener
Barton vs Seward
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Schedule / Results

October 8
Conference Play
def Garden City
25-21, 27-25, 25-27,
at Barton

October 10
Conference Play
def Dodge City
25-21, 25-16, 22-25,
at Barton

October 12
MSU-West Plains Invite
lost to JCCC
11-25, 17-25, 23-25
lost to MSU-West Plains
20-25, 11-25, 18-25
at West Plains, MO

October 13
MSU-West Plains Invite
def Southeastern Iowa
25-19, 25-14, 25-17
lost to Seward County
22-25, 17-25, 25-22, 25-15
at West Plains, MO

October 16
Conference Play
def Pratt CC
25-11, 25-20, 25-19
at Pratt, KS

October 18
Conference Play
def Cloud CCC
23-25, 25-14, 25-20,
at Barton

October 23
Conference Play
lost to Hutchinson CC
19-25, 26-28, 26-24, 13-25
at Barton

October 25
Conference Play
lost to Colby CC
25-22, 23-25, 17-25, 20-25
at Colby, KS

October 30
Region VI Playoffs - 1st Rd
def Pratt
25-21, 26--28, 25-20, 25-23
at Barton

November 3-4
Region VI Final Four
lost to Hutchinson 3-2
def Dodge City 3-0
def Garden City 3-1
lost to Hutchinson 3-2
at Newman University
in Wichita, KS
Region VI Tourney Info

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