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MOUNT OLIVE — The Barton College men’s volleyball team maintained sole possession of the Conference Carolinas lead Tuesday night by winning its 12th straight match with a 25-18, 24-26, 25-22, 25-19 victory over archrival University of Mount Olive at Kornegay Arena.
Now 18-3 overall and 12-1 in conference play, the Bulldogs maintained a one-game lead over King in the regular-season standings.
Barton doubled up Mount Olive in the hitting department, outpacing the Trojans by a .365-.181 margin on the way to 60 total kills. Junior Angelos Mandilaris had 22 kills and eclipsed the 1,000-kill mark for his career. His brother, senior Vasilis Mandilaris — the first player in program history to reach 1,000 kills — tacked on 17.
Junior setter Oscar Fiorentino had 51 assists.
Tobi Azeez led Mount Olive (9-13, 8-5 CC) with 18 kills.
The Bulldogs return to Wilson Gym on Thursday as they face Belmont Abbey.
Barton 15th at Bearcat Classic
GREENWOOD, S.C. — Senior Justn Plane shot a 2-over 282 to lead the Barton College men’s golf team to a 15th-place finish at the Bearcast Classic, hosted by Lander University at Greenwood Country Club.
The Bulldogs gained four positions during Tuesday’s final round in the 22-team field, accounting for a team score of 894. Lincoln Memorial won the event with an 861 as Clayton State (865) and Lander (866) rounded out the top three. Georgia Southwestern and Newberry, each with 870, finished tied for fourth.
Sophomore Bryson Boyette, a product of Fike High, was tied for 37th with a 5-over 221.
Dan Bradbury of Lincoln Memorial was the medalist, carding an 8-under 208 for the two-round event.
Barton will split up to compete next Monday and Tuesday, taking part in The Trojan at Walnut Creek Country Club and the Tennessee River Rumble in Loudon, Tenn.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Mandilaris, Ryan, Clemons saluted
A trio of Barton athletes have been accorded weekly honors from Conference Carolinas, as junior Micah Clemons (men’s outdoor track), junior Jakob Ryan (baseball) and junior Angelos Mandilaris (men’s volleyball) were recently announced as award winners.
Mandilaris earned the men’s volleyball Player of the Week honor for the fourth time this season and the second straight week by starring in conference sweeps of North Greenville and Limestone — the former avenging Barton’s only league loss this season.
He averaged 16.3 kills, 5.7 digs and 2.3 aces for the week and leads the Bulldogs with 306 kills. Mandilaris also has 35 aces, 99 digs and 52 blocks and eclipsed the 1,000-kill mark for his career in Tuesday’s win at Mount Olive.
Ryan, the Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Week, posted an 0.82 earned run average and posted a dominant complete-game showing last Saturday against King, striking out 17 as Barton (22-12, 10-5 CC) completed a three-game sweep that currently has it in second place in the conference standings. He also added three strikeouts over two scoreless innings in relief during last Tuesday’s loss to Queens.
Barton visits Limestone on Friday to begin a three-game series.
Clemons, in earning Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week honors, turned in a provisional mark to the NCAA Division II championships in the hammer throw with a school-record toss of 191 feet over the weekend at the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational. Clemons, the defending conference champion in the hammer throw finished fifth at the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational and was 16th in the discus at 138-9. He also owns Barton records in the shot put (49-3) and discus (144-6).