BARTON ROUNDUP: Bulldogs move up a spot at Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS — An improvement of 12 shots in the second round resulted in the Barton College men’s golf team climbing one position to 10th Monday in a stellar field of 18 teams for the Las Vegas Desert Classic.

The Bulldogs of the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas carded a 299 for their low four individuals. Barton, No. 26-ranked in Division II, tied for the ninth-best round after posting a 311 in Sunday’s opening 18 holes. At 311-299—610, the Bulldogs are one stroke ahead of University of Missouri-St. Louis and three shots in front of University of Redlands, California. However, Barton is seven shots off the pace of West Texas A&M University and University of Indianapolis, the squads sharing eighth place.

Junior Scott Pechacek, the reigning Conference Carolinas Golfer of the Month, fired an even-par round of 72 over the 6,962-yard Links Replica Course at Royal Links Golf Club. The round was Barton’s lowest of the tourney. Four under after seven holes, Pechacek wound up with six birdies and six bogeys.

Bryson Boyette, a freshman from Wilson, and senior Derek Hamm each shot a 39-35—74. Junior Justin Plane and senior Travis Broome each came in with a 79.

With the final round remaining Tuesday, Hamm was deadlocked for the 20th spot in a field of 104 at 75-74—149. Pechacek soared 27 spots to a tie for 26th at 79-72—151. Boyette owns a share of the 41st spot at 79-74—153. Broome stood tied for 59th at 78-79—157, while Plane was deadlocked for 66th at 79-79—158.

In Sunday’s round, Hamm, tied for 14th, carded a pair of birdies in playing the back nine with a 36. Plane demonstrated commendable resilience. After a nine on his first hole, Plane birdied the next layout and played the final 17 at 2-over. Barton was fifth in the field with 10 birdies in the opening round.


BC win streak ends in Florida

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Four straight goals to end the first half and another to start the second helped host Keiser University to a 16-9 victory Monday, ending the Barton College women’s lacrosse team’s three-game winning streak.

The NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Lady Bulldogs (3-2) led early in the match and trailed 5-4 with 12:27 left in the first half before the Seahawks (4-0), ranked in the top 10 nationally among NAIA programs, rattled off five straight goals and then three more after Brooke Lonergan scored for Barton.

Freshman Kayli Ashenfelter led Barton with four goals while Lonergan finished with three. Freshman Jenna Brunclik added a pair of goals to give her a team-best 20 on the season while Angelina Scarpa had three assists.

Goalie Katherine Mattena came up with a career-high 13 saves.

Barton will remain in Florida on Wednesday for a match in Daytona Beach versus Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.


Vasilis Mandilaris earns CC honor

HIGH POINT — In keying the rampaging Barton College men’s volleyball team to a pair of wins last week, junior Vasilis Mandilaris was proclaimed NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Player of the Week.

Mandilaris averaged 4.43 kills per set and hit at a .344 clip as the conference-leading Bulldogs extended their winning streak to seven matches and remained undefeated (9-0) in the conference. Barton stands 12-6 overall and is undefeated against Division II opposition.

A native of Chalkida, Greece, Mandilaris notched a carer-high 20 kills in Barton’s 3-1 conquest of conference foe Belmont Abbey. He ranks in the top 10 in the league with 168 kills, 2.85 kills per set and 192 points.

Mandilaris and the Bulldogs face a pair of league road tests later this week, visiting Erskine (South Carolina) College at 7 p.m. Friday and Emmanul (Georgia) College at 2 p.m. Saturday.


Four singles wins lift Barton to first victory

RALEIGH — Victories in the Nos. 3-6 singles slots propelled the Barton College men’s tennis team to its first 2018 win after four losses by a 6-3 margin against host Shaw University on Monday.

The Bulldogs managed a 2-1 edge in doubles, but dropped decisions at Nos. 1 and 2 singles.

However, at No. 3, Barton’s Jesus Gil turned back A.C. Daniel 6-2, 6-1. Diego Agudelo, at No. 4, clipped Destiny Udofe, 6-2, 6-3. Prevailing 6-0, 6-0 at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively, were Alessandro Gerbino and Hugh Ryder.

Providing Barton with the advantage after doubles were Gil-Agudelo at No. 2 by an 8-3 count and Ryder-Gerbino at No. 3 with an 8-1 conquest.

Shaw was opening its season on the Worthdale Park courts.

The Bulldogs travel to Bluefield, West Virginia, on Wednesday to oppose Bluefield State and then return home to launch a three-match homestand against Mercyhurst University.


Oscar Del Granado-Ngonidzashe Mabembwa (S) def. Oscar Marmestedt-Rory Gaydon 8-3; Jesus Gil-Diego Agudelo (B) def. A.C. Daniel-Destiny Udofe 8-3; Hugh Ryder-Alessandro Gerbino (B) def. Enrico Baldan-Junior Davis-Bablola 8-1.

Del Granado (S) def. Gaydon 3-6, 6-3, 7-5; Mabembwa (S) def. Marmestedt 6-2, 6-3; Gil (B) def. Daniel 6-2, 6-1; Agudelo (B) def. Udofe 6-2, 6-3; Gerbino (B) def. Davis-Bablola 6-0, 6-0; Ryder (B) def. Baldan 6-0, 6-0.