by Doug Page
GAFFNEY, S.C. – Paced by 17 kills from sophomore Angelos Mandilaris, the Barton College men's volleyball team swept Limestone College, 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-18) in Conference Carolinas action on Saturday.
Barton (4-5, 4-0) won its fourth straight match to remain undefeated in league play and completed a weekend sweep of North Greenville and Limestone. The Bulldogs hit .215 as a team, committing 17 attack errors in the match. Limestone (2-8, 0-3) hit just .024 as a team in dropping its second straight conference match at home.
Mandilaris finished the match with a .382 kill percentage, committing just four errors on 34 total attempts. The native of Chalkida, Greece also recorded five aces and seven digs. Junior Vasilis Mandilaris notched 10 kills for BC while adding seven digs. Junior Aleksa Brkovic added seven kills, five assists, and seven digs for Barton. Redshirt junior Oscar Fiorentino tallied 30 assists for the Bulldogs, while freshman libero Wilfredo Rivera recorded a team-high eight digs.
The Saints were led by Geraldo Rivera, who recorded eight kills, five digs, and one ace. Anthony Savage added five kills, one ace, and eight digs, while Logan Riley tallied 20 assists for Limestone. Florian Ruhm recorded seven digs in the match for Limestone.
Junior Justice Lord delivered an ace for the Bulldogs in the opening set to stake BC out to a 3-0 lead on the scoreboard. Consecutive kills from the Mandilaris brothers upped the BC lead to 7-4 before Limestone used a 3-0 run to knot the set 7-7. Barton, as they have done several times already this season, used a huge rally to regain momentum in the set. The Bulldogs rattled off six-straight points to take a 13-7 advantage. A. Mandilaris tallied three of his five aces during the stretch for BC.
The Bulldogs stretched their lead to 20-12 and forced Limestone to use its final timeout of the set. The Bulldogs used a pair of 2-0 runs to eventually up their lead to 24-15 over the Saints. Savage recorded a kill for Limestone to make it 24-16 but a service error by Logan Riley gave BC the 25-16 victory in the set.
Barton opened the second set on a 5-2 run and would increase its advantage to 15-9 before Limestone answered with a 3-0 run to make it 15-12. The Bulldogs tallied the next two points only to see Limestone take momentum with a 5-0 run to knot the set 17-17. Foregoing a timeout, Barton regained the lead after an attack error by the Saints made it 19-17. Leading 24-20 in the set, the Bulldogs couldn't close the set as Limestone rallied again to pull within a point on the scoreboard. For the second-straight set, a service error by the Saints gave Barton the set and a 25-23 victory.
Both teams traded points in the third set until BC opened a 10-8 lead following a triple block by Brkovic, A. Mandilaris, and senior Charles Hyde. A 5-0 run by the Bulldogs put some breathing room between the two sides as BC increased its lead to 15-9. Trailing 22-15, Limestone cut the BC lead to 22-18 following a kill by Rivera. The Saints were able to build some momentum as they looked to keep the match alive. The Bulldogs had other plans as a 3-0 rally ended the set with a 25-18 victory and a 3-0 sweep for Barton in the process.
The Bulldogs return home to host Coker College in a non-conference matchup inside Wilson Gym on Tuesday night beginning at 7 p.m.