by Cory Guinn
HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Barton men's volleyball team moved its current winning streak to five games with a 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-16, 25-21) non-conference victory over Coker College on Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs (19-5) had a slow start to the match, leading just 6-5 early in the first set before putting together five unanswered points for a six-point lead. Coker fought back to tie the set at 17-17 on a kill from Artur Cabral, but BC retook the lead and secured the set win with a Cabral attack error and a kill form sophomore Vasilis Mandilaris.
In the second set, Coker opened with a 6-2 run that was highlighted by four consecutive Cabral service aces. Barton was able to climb back within a point and eventually tied the score four times down the stretch but back-to-back errors for BC gave the Cobras a two-point set win.
Barton repaid the favor with an 8-4 run to begin the third set and never trailed in securing a 25-16 win while holding Coker to a -.071 hitting percentage in the frame. BC began the fourth set with another big run and never trailed, leading to the four-set win.
Freshman Angelos Mandilaris led all player with a career-high 18 kills on a .441 hitting percentage. The Chalkida, Greece native also had 11 digs to record his second double-double of the year.
Sophomore Aleksa Brkovic also had a double-double, finishing with 10 kills and 15 digs, while V. Mandilaris followed with 10 kills, eight digs and five service aces. Senior Federico Pagliara registered a match-high 45 assists, while fellow senior Jonathan Novoa-Miralles had 11 digs from his libero position.
Barton concludes its regular season on Tuesday, April 11 when it hosts rival University of Mount Olive in Wilson Gymnasium at 7 p.m.