Published in the Iola Register on Oct. 31, 2013.

T-Birds' season ends with loss to Cougars

GREAT BEND — Barton County downed the Cloud County Thunderbirds in straight sets in the opening round of the NJCAA Region VI Volleyball Tournament on Wednesday night.
With the win, Barton County (14-18) advances to the second round of the tournament and will play the winner between Hutchinson and Dodge City on Nov. 10 in Hutchinson.
In the other match played Wednesday night, Colby defeated Pratt, 25-15, 15-12, 25-15.
Fifth-seeded Cloud County dropped the first set to fourth-seeded Barton County, 25-9.
The T-Birds, who finished up 12-15, lost 25-20 in the second set.
Barton County won the third set, 25-18.
Erin Terrell had eight kills for Cloud County.
Hilta Pereira and Kaylee Bontrager, and Josie Hale finished with six kills each.
Kylie Penning had 26 assists and four digs.
Emily Brown had eight digs.
Jori Mote and Mackenzie Orchard had 10 kills each for Barton County.
Casey Friesen had 24 assists for the Cougars.