by Cory Guinn
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A nationwide voting committee has selected 11 players to the annual Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team, as announced on Wednesday and Barton's Angelos Mandilaris was put on the list.
The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team honors the top NCAA Division I-II men's volleyball freshmen players from the regular season. This is the fourth year Off the Block and Springbak, Inc. have presented the national honor, and it remains the only Freshmen All-American Team presented in college men's volleyball.
Mandilaris is the first Bulldog to earn the award and was a consistent threat for the Bulldogs during his first season of collegiate competition, totaling 255 kills and ranking among the nation's Top 25 with 3.45 kills per set. He also chipped in 36 service aces and his .49 service aces per set ranks him first overall among all freshmen.
On defense, the Chalkida, Greece resident contributed 123 digs (1.66/set) and 39 total blocks in 74 sets of action. He totaled double-digit kills in 18 of his 21 matches, including a career-high 21 kills in Barton's 3-2 win over Erskine College in the Conference Carolinas Tournament Quarterfinals
"Angelos is exceptionally deserving of this honor," said head coach Jeff Lennox. "He has competed at a consistently distinguished level all season and is a seminal part of our team's success. He is also a great young man to coach and I could not be more proud of all he has accomplished so far this season.
The voting committee for the Freshmen All-American Team was comprised of more than 20 college men's volleyball head coaches and volleyball reporters from around the nation.
Off the Block is a national-award winning website that launched in 2011 and is the nation's leaders in college men's volleyball coverage.
Off the Block annually presents college men's volleyball natuonal awards to recognize outstanding individual performances in the sport. Along with the Freshmen All-American Team, Off the Block and Springbak, Inc. during the regular season presented the National Freshman of the Week.
Springbak, Inc. is the official sponsor of the 2017 Freshmen All-American Team and produces high performance footwear used by professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB and U.S. Olympic teams and the top college teams in the nation.
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