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Bulldogs sweep weekend matches to push win streak to 4

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The win streak for the Barton College men’s volleyball team reached four matches with conquests of NCAA Division II Carolinas Conference rivals Limestone (South Carolina) College and North Greenville (South Carolina) University in Wilson Gymnasium over the weekend.

The Bulldogs of head coach Jeff Lennox avenged their lone conference defeat by a 25-18, 25-12, 25-18 margin against Limestone and, on Saturday, swept North Greenville 25-18, 25-20, 25-8.

Barton has won 12 consecutive sets in climbing into third place in the conference at 5-1 and rising to 7-3 overall. Limestone departed 3-2 in the league, while North Greenville dropped to 3-3.

The Bulldogs hit over .500 (.517) for the second time this season in dispensing with Limestone.

Freshman Angelos Mandilaris triggered the Barton offense with 10 kills and a .423 hitting percentage. Senior Jonathan Novoa-Miralles hit .615 and registered nine kills, while sophomore Vasilis Mandilaris contributed eight kills and five digs. Sophomore Justice Lord was perfect at the net with five kills in as many attempts and with three total blocks. Other Barton players notching match highs were senior Federico Pagliara with 34 assists and sophomore Aleksa Brkovic with six digs.

The Bulldogs hit .408 against North Greenville.

Angelos Mandilaris again sparkled with 14 kills, a .542 hitting percentage, five digs, four service aces and two total blocks.

Vasilis Mandilaris collected nine kills and six digs. Novoa-Miralles and Lord each chipped in with five kills. Pagliara’s numbers included 32 assists and eight digs. Libero Brkovic recorded a season-hgih 13 digs.

The Bulldogs never trailed after surging to a 5-4 lead in the opening set.

Barton is off until welcoming Coker College on Friday, Feb. 24.

SOFTBALL

BC swept at UNC Pembroke

PEMBROKE — The first road tests of head coach Junior Bailey’s first season provided a rude awakening for the Barton College softball team Saturday.

The Lady Bulldogs were twice defeated by a score of 13-0 in a doubleheader against the University of North Carolina (7-2). Both games were stopped after five innings.

Barton not only failed to score a run but was the victim of a no-hitter in the first game and managed but two hits in the finale.

In the second game, the Lady Bulldogs got a single each from freshman third baseman Sierra Hearp and right fielder Sydney Speight, a senior from Beddingfield High.

Pembroke senior Abbey Walters tossed the no-hitter, issuing one walk and striking out seven. The no-hitter was the first against Barton since Francis Marion managed the feat on UNC Pembroke’s diamond in 2014.

In the second game, the Lady Braves’ Taylor Strickland allowed the two hits and a walk in working four innings.

Barton’s Carolina Merrill and Makayla Meeks, both 0-1, took the pitching losses.

The Lady Bulldogs (2-2) visit Div. III William Peace University on Saturday, Feb. 18, before playing host to Shaw University the following day.

GAME 1

Score by innings:

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WP-Walters (4-0) 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 SO. LP-Carolina Merrill (0-1) 2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Barton: None; UNC Pembroke: Walters 2-3, 3 R, 2 2B; Auld 2-3, 2 RBI, 2B; Johnson 1-3, 3B, 3 RBI.

GAME 2

Score by innings:

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WP-Strickland (2-0) 4 IP, 2 H, 9 R, 1 BB, 0 SO. LP-Makayla Meeks (0-1) 2 IP, 11 H, 40 R, 10 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Sierra Hearp 1-1, Sydney Speight 1-2; UNC Pembroke: Johnson 2-2, 3 R, HR; Watkins 2-2, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR; Walters 2-2, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 2B; Norton 1-1, 3 R.

women’s LACROSSE

Lady Bulldogs blanked at Abbey

BELMONT — In the first road match for the first-year Barton College women’s lacrosse team, the Lady Bulldogs were handed a 23-0 loss by NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas rival Belmont Abbey.

The Lady Bulldogs (0-2) were without a shot on 34 attempts. Sophomore goalkeeper Tiffany Fowler recorded six saves.

The Lady Crusaders, who placed third in the conference last season, were launching their season. Belmont Abbey scored five goals in the first five minutes.

The Lady Bulldogs’ next opponent will be nationally-ranked Limestone (South Carolina) College at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Barton Outdoor Athletics Complex. Limestone owns every league title since the conference began sponsoring the sport in 2005.

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