Barton falls in straight sets to Limestone

by Cory Guinn

WILSON, N.C. – Playing without three members of its starting lineup, the Barton College men's volleyball team fell to Limestone College 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-17) on Saturday afternoon in Wilson Gymnasium.

Limestone (1-2, 1-2) turned in a .286 team hitting percentage while Barton (1-2, 0-2) committed 23 attacking errors and hit just .075 as a unit.

The Saints opened the first set of play with an 8-1 run en route to a 25-12 victory. Limestone hit .389 as a team in the frame and did not commit an error on the attack.

Barton responded in the second set by forcing seven total ties on the scoreboard, however, the Saints used a 5-0 run midway through the set to build a lead BC would not overcome.

The Bulldogs led 9-6 early in the third set of action until another 5-0 run from Limestone gave the Saints an 11-9 lead. BC was able to close within a one point deficit but the Saints scored the game's final three points to earn the win.

Freshman Vasilis Mandilaris led BC with 10 kills, while senior Pierre Tang-Taye and junior Jonathan Novoa-Miralles each totaled six kills of their own. Freshman Kekaulike Alameda led all players with a game-high 12 kills as Christian Reyes chipped in a game-high 25 assists in his first career match.

Barton will travel to Hartsville, S.C. on Tuesday, Jan. 19 for a non-conference matchup with Coker College at 7 p.m.