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The top-seeded Barton College men’s volleyball team zipped into the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas tournament championshilp match with a 25-17, 25-16, 25-19 sweep of No. 5 Limestone (South Carolina) College in Wednesday night’s semifinals in Wilson Gymnasium.
The third victory this season against Limestone vaulted the Bulldogs (24-4) of head coach Jeff Lennox into Thursday evening’s championship match at 6:30 in Wilson Gymnasium against King (Tennessee) University.
King, the No. 2 seed which shared regular-season supremacy with Barton, defeated No. 3 North Greenville (South Carolina) University in Wednesday’s other semifinal. King, playing at home, conquered Barton in last season’s championship match.
Against Limestone, Barton hit for a gaudy .455 percentage as compared to .045 for the Saints. The Bulldogs amassed 39 kills, led by Angelos Mandilaris with 13 and Adrian Iglelsias with nine. Barton committed but nine attack errors.
Other Bulldogs leaders were Oscar Fiorentino with 34 assists, Emil Oewfstaas with two aces, Aleksa Brkovic with eight digs and Dimitrios Kyridis with six blocks.
Logan Riley wound up with 22 assists for Limestone.
Barton carries a four-match win streak into Thursday’s final. The winner earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I-II Championships.