by Cory Guinn
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College men's volleyball team hit over .500 for the second time this season, defeating visiting Limestone College 2-0 (25-18, 25-12 25-18) on Friday night in Wilson Gymnasium.
Barton (6-3, 5-1) hit .517 as a unit with just six attack errors, including a .684 mark in a dominant second set win. The BC defense collected 21 digs and seven total blocks in forcing Limestone (3-3, 3-2) to hit .137 in the match.
The Saints handed BC its only Conference Carolinas loss this season back on January 21 in Gaffney, S.C. but the Bulldogs were determined to even the season series.
After the scoreboard saw seven ties to begin the first set of play, Barton used a 5-1 run to build a three-point advantage. The Bulldogs' lead continued to grow as back-to-back kills from Angelos Mandilaris ended the set with Barton on top 25-18.
Limestone and Barton began the second set by trading points once again in the early going before the Bulldogs went on a 10-3 run to build an 18-9 lead. BC scored six of the set's final seven points to go ahead 2-0 in the match.
Barton's momentum carried over into the third and final set of play as the Bulldogs were in control early and often. A kill from junior Michael Perez and a Limestone attack error ended the frame and sealed the victory for Barton.
Angelos Mandilaris led the BC offense with 10 kills and a .421 hitting percentage to go along with two service aces. Senior Jonathan Novoa-Miralles hit .615 in the match and had nine kills, while sophomore Vasilis Mandilaris followed with eight kills and five digs.
Sophomore Justice Lord was perfect at the net in the game, finishing with five kills on five attempts and recorded three total blocks. Senior Federico Pagliara registered a match-high 34 assists and sophomore Aleksa Brkovic led all players with six digs on defense.
Barton has a quick turnaround as it hosts North Greenville University tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Wilson Gym.