Barton men’s volleyball downs Quincy, 3-0, to claim the Grow The Game Challenge Title

The Barton men’s volleyball team won all three matches over the weekend to claim the Grow The Game Challenge Championship in Lebanon, Tenn.  Photo courtesy of Vinnie Lopes
The Barton men’s volleyball team won all three matches over the weekend to claim the Grow The Game Challenge Championship in Lebanon, Tenn. Photo courtesy of Vinnie Lopes

LEBANON, Tenn. – The Barton men's volleyball team (3-2) picked up its third win in as many days with a 3-0 sweep of Quincy (2-1) Sunday afternoon to take home the Grow The Game Challenge Championship at the Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena on the campus of Cumberland University.

The Bulldogs defeated Hawks by scores of 25-14, 25-21 and 29-27 and increased their winning streak to three matches.

Barton was led by junior right side hitter Angelos Mandilaris (Chalkida, GREECE) with 11 kills while senior outside hitter Vasilis Mandilaris (Chalkida, GREECE) added eight kills and the Bulldogs also finished with nine service aces in the victory.  Angelos Mandilaris leads the team with 61 kills so far this year.

"I am really proud of the guys for their level of focus and execution all weekend," said Barton Head Men's Volleyball Coach Jeff Lennox.  "It was a complete team effort in all three matches.  They are having fun and competing hard every point and it showed with our results.  We're excited to come back to Wilson, North Carolina, as the Grow The Game Challenge Champions."

The Hawks were led by Omari Wheeler (North Las Vegas, Nev.) with nine kills and Adam Rogan (St. Charles, Mo.) with 28 assists but Quincy was hurt by 22 hitting errors and 15 service errors.  The Hawks also hit just .126 for the contest.

Junior setter Ben Kasun (Altoona, Pa.) added two kills, 15 assists and three digs for the Bulldogs, who were playing their first non-NCAA Division I opponent on the season. 

Barton returns home to face Emmanuel (Ga.) in the Conference Carolinas opener at Wilson Gymnasium Friday evening beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Quincy, meanwhile, takes on Missouri Baptist in St. Louis, Mo., on Wednesday night beginning at 7:00 p.m.

2019 Grow The Game Challenge
All-Tournament Team

NCAA Division I-II
Vasilis Mandilaris, Barton (Most Valuable Player)

Angelos Mandilaris, Barton
Aleksa Brkovic, Barton
Caleb Blazer, Grand Canyon
Christian Janke, Grand Canyon
Ryan Moss, USC
Jack Wyett, USC
Evan Cory, Lincoln Memorial
Connor Hipelius, Lindenwood
Blake Sprecher, Quincy

NCAA Division III/NAIA
Josh Farley, Fontbonne (Most Valuable Player)
Emir Hadzisalihovic, Fontbonne
Brendon Schwartze, Fontbonne
Alberto Chiaparini, Bluefield
Chaz Franqui, Bluefield
Christian Lester, Cumberland