Shaking off a slow start after the four hour bus ride, the Barton Community College volleyball team recovered from a first set loss to prevail in four sets at Independence Community College 18-25, 25-19, 25-20, and 29-27.
Securing Head Coach Brandon Stephenson's 100th collegiate victory, Barton improves to 5-2 in the Jayhawk West and 10-8 on the season while dropping Independence a conference mark of 2-6 and 5-12 overall.
Next up for the Cougars is a trip to Arkansas City for the weekend as Barton will play four matches against Division II nationally ranked teams in the Cowley Invitational. Barton begins play at 2:00 p.m. Friday against 14th ranked Iowa Central Community College with a 6:00 p.m. feature match against host and 6th ranked Cowley College to conclude first day action. Saturday's matches begin at 10:00 a.m. against receiving votes Carl Sandburg College before winding up the weekend at 2:00 p.m. versus 11th ranked Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.