The Barton Community College volleyball team wrapped up their four-match home stand Wednesday night, picking up their first conference victory of the season by defeating Garden City 25-19, 24-26, 25-19 and 25-18.
The Lady Cougars improve to 2-6 on the season and even their conference mark at 1-1, while Garden City drops to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
Barton took an early lead to begin the night and coasted for the six-point, first-set victory.
The Lady Cougars went on to build an eight-point lead at 18-10 in the second set only to have Garden City respond with a 10-5 run to cut the deficit to three.
Coupled with 10 errors, the Lady Cougars were unable to slow the Busters’ momentum as Garden City completed the comeback 26-24.
As with each set throughout the night, Barton got off to another good start in the fourth but a 5-2 run by the Busters flipped the scoreboard for a two-point Garden City lead.
After being tied at 17, the Lady Cougars used a 5-2 stretch to assume command then held Garden City scoreless the rest of the way to take a 2-1 match lead.
Breaking a five-all tie in the fourth, Barton gained separation with a 8-2 run, eventually stretching the lead out to six with a 18-11 advantage.
The gap was too large for another Busters comeback from that point as the Lady Cougars held the lead for the deciding set win.
Jordan Edelman had her best match as a Lady Cougar as the Wichita South freshman knocked down 10 kills with a .500 attack percentage as three hitters finished the night with 10-plus kills.
Redshirt freshman Kim Hockley hit at a .429 clip, tying sophomore Tahje Ochs with team-high honors with 11 kills each.
Getting a double-double, 11-kill 29-dig performance, in Barton’s win last Friday, Ochs posted her second career double-double performance with 12 digs to go along with her 11 kills.
Sophomore Mykela Reid posted her eighth straight double-digit dig performance to lead the Lady Cougars with 18.
The Lady Cougars will visit life on the road for the next 21 days, beginning next Monday in a 6:30 p.m. conference match at Pratt.
Barton’s next home match is Wednesday, Sept. 24, against Marshalltown.