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Barton wins own invite; Meet the Cougars takes place
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The Barton Community College volleyball team huddles before a match against Butler at Kirkman Activity Center on Saturday. - photo by Kevin Price Great Bend Tribune

The Barton Community College volleyball team won its invitational, which ran from Friday morning through Saturday evening.
The Lady Cougars, who are ranked No. 16 in the nation in the NJCAA preseason poll, was able to make it through four matches without dropping one game to an opponent.
The Lady Cougars made short work of Hesston College, beating it 25-9, 25-8 and 25-17 to open the season.
Against Hesston, BCC had 29 digs, seven aces and five blocks.
Juliana de Barros had 30 assists in the match, leading the team with at 28.8 hitting percentage.
Barton closed Friday’s competition with a three-game sweep of Cisco College, topping it 25-16, 25-16 and 25-12.
In Barton’s first match on Saturday, the Lady Cougars bested Clarendon (Texas) 25-13, 25-21 and 25-15. They had 51 digs in the match and de Barros topped her performance from Friday with 39 assists.
BCC topped Butler in the final match of the tournament, winning 25-13, 25-21 and 25-16.
Over the weekend, freshman hitter Paula da Silva led her team in kills in the tournament with 38, including a 64.0 hitting percentage against Cisco.
Libero Giselle de Moura led the Lady Cougars on defense with 47 digs.

Barton Community College
Volleyball Invitational
At Kirkman Activity Center
Friday’s results

Butler def. Clarendon College 20-25, 18-25, 25-16, 25-22, 15-10
Barton def. Hesston College 25-9, 25-8, 25-17
Clarendon College def. Cisco College 25-17, 29-27, 27-25
Butler def. Hesston College 25-14, 25-21, 25-16
Barton def. Cisco College 25-16, 25-16, 25-12
Saturday’s results
Cisco College def. Hesston College 25-14, 25-18, 25-15
Barton def. Clarendon College 25-13, 25-21, 25-15
Butler def. Cisco College 26-24, 25-22, 25-19
Clarendon College def. Hesston College 25-11, 25-20, 25-20
Barton def. Butler 25-13, 25-21, 25-16

• Meet the Cougars
Barton Community College athletics opened its doors to the public to kick off its fall season with the Meet the Cougars event.
The athletes and coaches from Barton were available for autographs and kids games with each sport taking its turn in 30-minute intervals.
Athletic Director Trevor Rolfs said that the event was a success, but he saw room for improvement.
“I would like to have seen more kids involved,” Rolfs said. “Obviously, with school just getting started and fall programs beginning, we weren’t able to reach out to the schools yet. That is something I would like to see us do more of in the coming weeks.
“It was nice, just the showing of all of our athletes and coaches.”

• Soccer/track complex dedication draws big crowd
Cars were rolling in and people were making their way down the hill from the parking lot Saturday at Kirkman Activity Center.
The Barton cheerleaders formed a tunnel along the walkway to welcome everyone for the dedication of the soccer/track complex.
Barton athletic director Trevor Rolfs said that he was pleased with the turnout.
“The dedication was fantastic,” Rolfs said. “The attendance was good. The pride that was out there on that field with all of the student-athletes was tremendous. It was a huge success.”
Rolfs was joined by Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman, board of trustees member John Moshier and Dr. Penny Quinn, Vice President of Instruction, among others. Moshier wielded the scissors for the ceremonial ribbon cutting.
The dedication officially marks the end of phase one and a three-phase plan for the complex, which has had a track and field meet staged on it last spring and a number of soccer games on it over the weekend.
“We have phase two and phase three left on the project,” Rolfs said. “We are currently looking for the money to complete the project and naming rights it certainly something that is available.”
Phase two consists of putting in bleachers along both sides of the field, along with lighting.
Phase three will be the building of a restroom facility that will also hold offices and a timing booth for track events.