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Being proclaimed the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Men’s Soccer Player of the Week turned out to be just the beginning of the fanfare for Barton College sophomore forward Ruben Mancio.
On Tuesday, Mancio was hailed the United States Soccer Coaches Player of the Week for Division II men’s soccer as announced by the association.
From Cadiz, Spain, Mancio knocked in three goals and recorded an assist this past week in leading the Bulldogs to a 3-0 mark with victories against Southern Wesleyan (South Carolina) University (2-0), Regent (5-1) and No. 24 Limestone (South Carolina) College (4-2). Mancio accumulated seven points.
Mancio scored a goal in the home victory against the Warriors last Monday before drilling two goals, including the match-winner, along with an assist in the triumph against the Saints last Saturday in key league contest in Gaffney, South Carolina.
Mancio currently leads Barton in goals scored (seven) and total points (15). Both numbers also rank second in league play.
Barton has triumphed in six of its first seven matches and stands 3-1 in the league. The Bulldogs are off to their best start in seven years.
Currently riding a four-match winning streak, Barton is ranked No. 9 in the latest (poll No. 5) NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Southeast Regional rankings
Young Harris (9-0) sits atop the poll, with Lander (7-0-1) second, Queens (6-1-1) third, Carson-Newman (6-1) fourth, Limestone (6-2) fifth, Lenoir-Rhyne (4-3), sixth Chowan (4-1-1) seventh, Wingate (4-2-1) eighth and Mars Hill (5-3) 10th.
Elkins repeats as Player of the Week
For the second straight week, Barton College sophomore Kaytlin Elkins has been tabbed the Conference Carolina Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week. The announcement came from the league office Monday.
Elkins averaged 6.00 kills per set while hitting .316 to help guide the Lady Bulldogs to a 2-0 week in league action with victories against University of Mount Olive and King University.
A Hope Mills native, Elkins recorded 22 kills in a 300 win against Mount Olive on Sept. 25, and finished the match hitting .429. She also recorded a double-double of 20 kills and 10 digs in a 3-1 triumph against King on Sept. 29.
She leads tahe league in kills (305), and kills per set (4.84).
Elkins garnered the award twice during her freshman season.