Bulldogs defeat North Greenville in straight sets for fourth consecutive win

Freshman Angelos Mandilaris finished with 14 kills and hit .542 to go along with four service aces in Barton's three-set win over North Greenville on Saturday. | Photo by Brittany Arent
Freshman Angelos Mandilaris finished with 14 kills and hit .542 to go along with four service aces in Barton's three-set win over North Greenville on Saturday. | Photo by Brittany Arent

by Cory Guinn

WILSON, N.C. –  The win streak moved to four consecutive games for the Barton men's volleyball team with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-8) victory over visiting North Greenville University on Saturday afternoon in Wilson Gymnasium.

The Bulldogs (7-3, 5-1) have now won 12 sets in a row after the sweep of NGU (3-9, 3-3). BC hit .408 on offense, led by 14 kills and a .542 hitting percentage from freshman Angelos Mandilaris. The first-year player also totaled five digs, four service aces and two total blocks in the contest.

Sophomore Vasilis Mandilaris followed with nine kills and six digs of his own, while senior Jonathan Novoa-Miralles and sophomore Justice Lord each had five kills.

Senior Federico Pagliara had 32 assists and eight digs, as sophomore Aleksa Brkovic recorded a season-high 13 digs from his libero position.

North Greenville led briefly in the early portion of the game's first set until two consecutive kills from Angelos Mandilaris and a Crusader attack error but Barton ahead 6-4. The BC lead grew to a seven-point advantage following a 7-1 run as a Novoa-Miralles service ace ended the set with Barton on top.

Barton never trailed again in the match, winning the second set by a five-point margin and controlling the third and final set for a 25-8 victory. With the third set tied at 3-3, the Bulldogs used a 19-1 to lay claim to a convincing 18-point lead. Junior Charles Hyde ended the match with a kill to give Barton the win.

The Royal Blue and White will be on the road for its next three matches beginning on Friday, Feb. 17 against Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C.