Mouchlias & Chakas: Back-to-back National Champions! Mandilaris: He had to break a record in his last collegiate match!
The University of Hawaii of Chakas and Mouchlias wins it all for the 2nd consecutive year! After clinching the championship in their conference, the double-trouble swept through the brackets and came out 1st in all of America. And as if that wasn't enough, Chakas was named the MVP of the tournament, while they were both crowned All-Americans! Mandilaris won the Opposite of the Year award after a memorable last year in the States. Angelos managed to break a record in his last match! For more details read below:
Dimitris Mouchlias & Spyros Chakas
Mouchlias: 10 kills with 50% efficiency, 2 block assists and 5 digs
Chakas: 1st scorer with 12 kills and 58.8% efficiency, 1 assist, 1 ace, 1 block solo, 2 block assists and 4 digs
Mouchlias: 1st scorer with 19 kills, 1 assist, 3 aces, 1 block solo, 4 block assists and 9 digs
Chakas: double-double with 19 kills, 1 assist, 2 aces, 2 block assists and a record of 10 digs
Mouchlias: 11 kills and1 block assist
Chakas: 1st scorer with 14 kills, 2 assists, 1 ace, 3 block assists and 4 digs
Overall this season, the great duo delivered tremendous appearances, breaking records and impressing people. Mouchlias scored 345 kills, 8 assists, 33 aces, 118 digs and 85 total blocks with his best performances on 16/4 and 2/3 with 31 kills and 10 digs respectively. Chakas finished with 357 kills, 43 assists, 48 aces, 142 digs and 68 total blocks with his best performances on 25/3 and 5/5 with 24 kills and 10 digs respectively. Some of their awards this season have been for Mouchlias the Honorable Mention All-American, Honorable Mention All-Conference, player of the week in BIG West on 7/2 and All-Tournament in the National Championship and for Chaka the All-American 2nd team, All-Conference 1st team, player of the match on 26/3 and MVP in the National Championship.
So close and yet so far for Mandilaris' Ball State. On May 5th, in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship, the Cardinals lost to Hawaii, just one step away from the big finals. Both teams offered a fantastic spectacle to the spectators, keeping them in suspense throughout the match. Mandilaris completed his American collegiate career with this appearance, scoring 15 kills, 2 aces, a record of 7 block assists and 8 digs. Overall in the 2022 season, the Greek from Chalkida scored 304 kills, 5 assists, 23 aces, 122 digs and 67 total blocks, significantly helping Ball State to record 23 wins and just 4 losses. He had two of his best appearances on 31/1 with 25 kills and 24/2 with 11 digs. As if that were not enough, in the last 4 months, Mandilaris earned positions in the NVA/AVCA All America 2nd Team, All-MIVA 1st team, was awarded national player of the week on April 5th, defensive player of the week in MIVA on April 5th and offensive player of the week in MIVA on January 25th. Finally, in terms of his national rankings, Angelos finished 8th for kills/set and 5th for points/set.