Greek Champions of Carolina!
Dimitris Kyridis and the Mandilaris’ brothers won the title with Barton College and swept the awards
After six days full of volleyball at the Wilson Gymnasium during Conference Carolinas’ tournament to determine the conference champion, Barton College won the title for the second time in its history and qualified for the NCAA tournament, bringing back memories of 2017.
The Greeks of Barton College were impressive and decisive in the three games against Erskine, Limestone and King while sweeping the individual awards! In the quarter-finals they beat Erskine with 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-20) with 6.5 points of Kyridis, 14.5 by Angelos Mandilaris and 7 by Vasilis Mandilaris. In the semifinals they beat 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-19) Limestone with Kyridis scoring 11 points, Angelos Mandilaris 14 and Vasilis Mandilaris with 9.5 points.
In the final after a thriller-match, Barton College defeated King with 3-2 (23-25, 25-22, 25-13, 25-27, 17-15). Aggelos Mandilaris scored 28.5 points with 27/60 attacks, Vasilis Mandilaris 24.5 points with 23/48, while Dimitris Kyridis had 9 points with 6 blocks. Thus, Barton College with a record of 25-4 in total and 14-2 in the Conference, put two players in the all-star team in Carolina, 20-year-old Angelos Mandilaris, who was the top scorer in the region with 449 points, the young outside Adrian Iglesias, while the 22-year-old Vasilis Mandilaris became the tourney’s MVP. 21-year-old middle blocker Dimitris Kyridis also had an excellent season with 184.5 points and 85 blocks in total. Something that we should not forget is that Barton College was ranked as 12th RPI team in the country this past season.
Vasilis Mandilaris: "We are family"
The most valuable tournament player, Vasilis Mandilaris, spoke at the press office of NOMOS immediately after the success: "We are happy about the title. We wanted it a lot. The group is a family. We always fight together winning or losing. We are looking forward to learning our opponent in the NCAA Tournament and our goal is to keep getting better.