- Barton def. Mount Olive 3-1, (25-20, 25-14, 14-25, 25-13)
- Barton improves to 9-4, 8-2 CC
- Mount Olive falls to 9-6, 8-1 CC
- Hosted by Mount Olive
- Match Stats
Courtesy of Barton Athletics
It took four sets, but the Barton men’s volleyball team took down rival University of Mount Olive 3-1 (25-20 25-14, 14-15, 25-13) on Wednesday night in Kornegay Arena.
Barton improved to 9-4 overall and 8-2 in Conference Carolinas after hitting .356 as a team and recording 10 total blocks in handing Mount Olive its first league loss of the season. The Trojans (9-6, 8-1) hit just .183 on offense, its lowest percentage since the first game of the year.
The Bulldogs began the match with a 10-3 lead behind a service run of six points from sophomore Vasilis Mandilaris that included two aces.
Mount Olive fought back to trail 20-15 following a Barton attack error. After four unanswered points from UMO, the Trojans committed a costly service error to give Barton the set win.
Momentum carried over into the second set of play for Barton as the team led early once again, this time by a score of 7-3. The Trojans were never able to get within three points of the Bulldog lead as the Royal Blue and White rattled off four consecutive points to end the set and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The third set of play was controlled from the start by Mount Olive, which led 18-12 after a Barton service error. The Bulldogs scored twice to cut the deficit to four before the Trojans rallied for a 7-0 run to take the set.
In the fourth set, Barton claimed a 6-1 lead, eventually using a 10-1 run to build 16-5 advantage after a kill from freshman Angelos Mandilaris. A kill from sophomore Nick Leary ended the match with Barton ahead to secure the victory.
Angelos Mandilaris led all players with 16 kills and hit .414 to go along with eight digs. Vasilis Mandilaris followed with 13 kills, seven digs and three service aces, while Leary finished with eight kills of his own.
Senior Federico Pagliara turned in his first double-double performance of the season with 42 assists and a game-high 14 digs, as senior Jonathan Novoa-Miralles registered nine digs in his first game as the team’s libero.
Barton hosts non-conference foe Coker College on Friday, February 24 with first serve set for 7 p.m. in Wilson Gymnasium.
Courtesy of Mount Olive Athletics
The University of Mount Olive men’s volleyball team dropped a 3-1 match to Barton College on Wednesday night in Kornegay Arena in Mount Olive, N.C.
Score: Barton 3, Mount Olive 1 (25-20, 25-14, 14-25, 25-13)
Records: Mount Olive (9-5, 8-1 CC) Barton (9-4, 8-2 CC)
Location: Kornegay Arena, Mount Olive, N.C.
How It Happened
- Barton started fast out of the gates as the Bulldogs took a 9-2 lead early in the opening set.
- The Trojans tried to fight back from the early hole, but Barton increased its lead to nine at 16-7.
- Battling back, UMO got within four late in the set at 24-20, but the Bulldogs captured the first set win, 25-20.
- In the opening set, Mount Olive hit just .176 while Barton hit .333.
- After earning the first set win, the Bulldogs continued to hold momentum as Barton opened up a 9-4 lead on the Trojans to start the second frame.
- UMO crept back within three at 14-11, but the Bulldogs ended the set on an 11-3 run to give Barton a 2-0 advantage after the 25-14 second set win.
- The Trojans returned the favor in the third set, taking a 10-6 lead early.
- Barton looked poised to make a late run as the Bulldogs cut UMO’s lead to just 18-14, but the Trojans ended the set on a 7-0 run to force a fourth set with a 25-14 set victory.
- After a service ace by junior Bret Rutledge cut Barton’s advantage to 8-5, the Bulldogs used an 8-0 run to open up a 16-5 lead on the Trojans.
- UMO used a three-point run to trim Barton’s lead to 10 at 20-10, but the Bulldogs closed out the Trojans with the 25-13 set win.
- Rutledge led UMO with 14 kills in the loss.
- Junior Jeff Yasalonis tallied 31 assists to lead the Trojans, while senior Josh Donahue recorded 14 digs for UMO.
- UMO was outhit, .356 to .183, by the Bulldogs.
Mount Olive hits the road for a pair of non-conference contests as the Trojans travel to Romeoville, Illinois on Saturday for a 7 p.m. matchup with No. 5 Lewis University before heading to Harrogate, Tennessee for a Sunday showdown with Lincoln Memorial University at 7 p.m.