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Barton sweeps aside Mount Olive

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MOUNT OLIVE — When it comes to NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas, the Barton College men’s volleyball team finds itself unbeaten in a variety of ways.

The Bulldogs (8-2) claimed their fifth conference win in as many tries Thursday night with a brisk 25-18, 25-23, 25-21 victory over UMO on Thursday night inside Kornegay Arena that wrapped up in a span of 91 minutes.

As a result, Barton still has yet to drop a set against Conference Carolinas compeition, going 15-0 in that span.

The Bulldogs stayed consistent on the attack throughout, finishing with a .333 percentage. Conversely, UMO (8-7, 4-2 CC) opened the match hitting just .083 in the opening set before settling on just a .202 effort over a three-set span.

In the opening set, Barton held a 20-18 before closing on a 5-0 spurt. A kill from Dimitrios Kyridis staked the Bulldogs to the early lead. Mandilaris finished off a Fiorentino assist in the second set for a 2-0 cushion.

Senior Angelos Mandilaris, the program’s all-time leader in kills, had 17 to pace the Bulldogs while freshman Nicolo Mancin had 11. Senior Oscar Fiorentino ran the offense with 41 assists.

Jarrod Ferguson’s 14 kills led Mount Olive.

Barton puts its four-match winning streak at stake Saturday at Queens. The Bulldogs beat the Royals in five sets in their season opener back on Jan. 22 in Wilson Gym.

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