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The award has yet to be renamed, but the same candidate for weekly men’s volleyball honors in Conference Carolinas continues to rise to the forefront. And the name is that of Barton College junior Angelos Mandilaris..
Mandilaris kept the Bulldogs (20-3, 13-1 CC) rolling over the past week as he was named Conference Carolinas Men’s Volleyball Player of the Week for the third straight Monday, as announced by the league office. It is also the fifth overall honor of the year for Mandilaris, as Barton ended the week with a 3-0 sweep of Queens. Prior to that, Barton turned in a pair of 3-1 conference wins over archrival Univerity of Mount Olive and Belmont Abbey.
In that span, Mandilaris averaged 18.7 kills, four digs and a pair of blocks to go along with a .451 hitting percentage. He amassed 22 kills in the win over UMO and ranks third in the league in total kills with 362. His 4.5 kills per set lead the conference.
Mandilaris currently has 1,039 kills for his career and is one of only two players in program history to cross the 1,000-kill threshold.
The Bulldogs can clinch the Conference Carolinas regular-season title with a victory at second-place King University on Friday night.
LACROSSE PRECEDENTS SET
Both the first-year Barton College men’s lacrosse and the third-year women’s lacrosse program established history on Monday.
A player from each team was honored as NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Player of the Week for the first time.
Claiming the men’s precedent was sophomore midfielder Jake Copio, while saluted from the women’s team was sophomore attacker Angelina Scarpa.
The announcements came from league officials.
For the week, Copio totaled 14 points — seven goals and seven assists. He added four ground balls in leading the Bulldogs to a pair of victories against Wilmington (Delaware), 13-12, in Norfolk, Virginia, and 19-14 against conference foe Emmanuel (Georgia) College.
Copio, from Smyrna, Delaware, was especially impressive against Emmanuel, notching five goals, including the match-winner, and six assists. He leads Barton with 52 total points and 21 assists to go along with 31 goals and 24 ground balls.
The winner of four straight matches, Barton visits archrival University of Mount Olive on Wednesday, April 10, at 4 p.m.
Scarpa, from Hicksville, New York, finished with 12 goals, four assists, 16 total points and four ground balls last week in the Lady Bulldogs’ league victories against Chowan (15-3) and Emmanuel (17-5). At Emmanuel last Saturday, Scarpa responded with a career-high seven goals.
She tops the Lady Bulldogs with 27 assists and ranks second in goals (34) and total points (61). Scarpa has managed 11 ground balls.
The winner of three straight matches, the Lady Bulldogs welcome archrival University of Mount Olive on Thursday at Electric Supply Company Field.