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The underdog Barton College men’s volleyball team forced a fourth set before falling 18-25, 22-25, 25-19, 16-25 to George Mason University of the NCAA Division I ranks in Wilson Gymnasium Saturday afternoon in its season opener.
An even bigger assignment awaits the Division II Bulldogs at home at 7 p.m. Friday when defending national champion and No. 1-ranked Long Beach State provides the opposition.
Against George Mason (2-0), the Bulldogs of head coach Jeff Lennox totaled 36 kills, five aces and six blocks as compared to 46 kills, 12 aces and seven blocks for George Mason.
Barton hit for a .257 percentage as compared to .326 for George Mason.
Senior Vasilis Mandilaris paced Barton with 10 kills, while freshman Adrian Iglesias and junior Angelos Mandilaris notched nine each.
Redshirt junior Oscar Fiorentino posted 31 assists and five digs. Senior Aleksa Brkovic was Barton’s front-runner with six digs.
Senior Justice Lord managed four blocks.
Topping the George Mason stats were Hayden Wagner with 15 kils and Sam Greenslade with nine. Greenslade served for six aces.
Justin Coleman amassed a match-high 38 assists, while Will Calaman and Coleman each had five assists.
Bulldogs win 7 events at L-R
HICKORY — The Barton men’s and women’s swimming teams combined to produce seven first-place showings despite suffering dual-team losses to host Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday at the Shuford Physical Education Center.
The Bulldogs were foiled by a 153-108 count in the men’s competition, while the Lady Bulldogs absorbed a 154.5-105.5 loss.
Freshman Jonathan York won two events for the Barton men, claiming the 500-yard freestyle in 4:57.52 and the 1,000 in 10:08.62.
Freshman Colton Spence won the 100 freestyle in 49.63 and sophomore Jaksa Gabric touched the wall first in the 200 breaststroke, finishing in an even 2:20.
In the women’s dual, a trio of sophomores produced victories for the Lady Bulldogs, with Kaylee Davis (200 breaststroke, 2:37:33), Kaia Patzer (200 butterfly, 2:27.62) and Nicola Macdonald (100 butterfly, 55.79) leading the way.
Barton is back in action next Saturday, hosting Saint Andrews University and Chowan at Harrison Family YMCA in Rocky Mount. It will be the last regular-season meet for both, with the women’s team set to compete in the Conference Carolinas/Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships from February 6-9 at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte.