by Cory Guinn
BRISTOL, TENN. – The Barton College men's volleyball team had its five-game win streak snapped with a 3-2 (25-18, 17-25, 21-25, 25-23, 17-15) loss to King University on Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs fell to 8-4 overall and 7-2 in Conference Carolinas play, while the Tornado improved to 11-2 with a 6-1 mark in the league.
Barton committed a season-high 21 errors at the service line in the defeat, but did register 46 digs and 12 total blocks on defense.
King took the first set 25-21 over Barton before the Bulldogs responded with a 25-17 win in set two. BC opened the second frame with an 8-2 run, leading by as much as a nine-point margin at 23-14 following a kill from senior Jonathan Novoa-Miralles.
The Bulldogs once again led early in the third set of play until five unanswered points put King ahead 11-9. A kill from freshman Angelos Mandilaris followed by three straight attack errors by the Tornado put B back in front 13-11. Barton scored the sets final two points to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
In the fourth set, KU was in control from the start and held a 15-9 advantage after two Barton attack errors.
A 4-0 run, highlighted by three kills from sophomore Vasilis Mandilaris, helped Barton eventually claim a 21-20 lead, but King scored five of the next seven set points to win the frame and force a fifth set.
Barton and King traded points in the early going of the final set until the Tornado went on a 4-0 and built a 6-3 lead. BC tied the set at 8-all and used back-to-back kills from Vasilis Mandilaris and fellow sophomore Justice Lord to move ahead 10-8.
The Tornado again put together four consecutive points to reclaim the lead at 12-10 before Barton tied the score four times down the stretch. A kill from Jon Wheaton and a Barton attack error ended the set and match with King in front.
Three Bulldogs totaled double digit kills, including Vasilis Mandilaris who led all players with 19 kills. Angelos Mandilaris followed with 13 kills and six digs, while Novoa-Miralles had 11 kills and hit .400 to go along with eight digs.
Lord finished with nine kills, as he and classmate Nick Leary each had five total blocks. Senior Federico Pagliara turned in a season-high 50 assists, while sophomore libero Aleksa Brkovic registered a career-high 24 digs.
Barton travels to rival University of Mount Olive on Wednesday, Feb. 22 for the team's next match before returning home to host Coker College on Friday, Feb. 24 in Wilson Gym.