Bulldogs return to action with 5th straight win in sweep of Erskine

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DUE WEST, S.C. — After a 13-day layoff, the Barton College men’s volleyball team returned to the court and picked up where it left off Friday night in easing to a 25-12, 25-16, 25-11 victory at Conference Carolinas opponent Erskine inside Belk Arena.

In winning its fifth straight match, Barton climbed to 13-4 overall and 11-2 within the league, remaining one game back in the loss column of both King and Mount Olive.

Erskine fell to 3-13 in all games and 3-9 in conference play.

Barton hit at a wildly efficient rate, overwhelming the hosts with a .508 hitting percentage. In the opening set, Barton sprinted out to a 7-2 to lead to seize control. The margin grew to as large as 10 points at 17-7, and an attack error allowed the Bulldogs to claim the opening set.

The Bulldogs held slim second-set leads at 13-11 and 17-14 before a 6-1 Barton run allowed the Bulldogs to take control.

An Erskine service error delivered Barton a set point, and a combo block from junior Charles Hyde and senior Federico Pagliara gave the Bulldogs a commanding two-set advantage.

Barton was not threatend in the third set, jumping out to a 16-8 lead on Hyde’s kill before an Erskine timeout. Freshman Angelos Mandilaris’ kill ended the match and secured the sweep.

Mandilaris and sophomore Aleksa Brkovic had 12 kills each to lead Barton. Pagliara had 30 assists to facilitate the offense.

Barton visits Emmanuel (Georgia) College on Saturday.