Falcons Clinch Share Of Conference Carolinas Title With 3-1 Win Over Barton

Falcons Clinch Share Of Conference Carolinas Title With 3-1 Win Over Barton

Joe Burgarino - Sports Information Graduate Assistant

WILSON, NC- It took a furious fourth set comeback, but for the second time in as many years the Pfeiffer men's volleyball team (15-7, 15-3) won at least a share of the Conference Carolinas Regular season title, with a 3-1 victory over Barton (20-6, 14-4) on Tuesday evening. The Falcons fell behind 20-12 in the fourth set but went on to score 13 of the next 16 points to win the match and clinch the number two seed in the Conference Carolinas Tournament. Fabio Diniz paced Pfeiffer recording 13 kills and a .409 hitting percentage.

The Falcons got back on track after dropping the first set. Pfeiffer negated a 21-21 tie but scored four of the final five points to even the match. Wyatt Hamilton closed the game recording the last two kills and also had a pivotal block earlier in the run.
 
Another late run in the third set ignited a Falcon victory. Pfeiffer scored the final four points of the third set en route to a game three win. Evan Blair recorded two kills, while Jonathan Martinez and Sonny Hirini each added one has the Falcons took a 2-1 match advantage.
 
It appeared the Bulldogs were going to force a fifth set, jumping all over the Falcons 20-12. A Hirini kill put an end to a 4-0 Barton run, sparking a Pfeiffer run in the process. Following a Bulldog service error Pfeiffer rattled off six of the next seven points. Diniz recorded three kills including the match winner during the run, as the Falcons picked up their fourth consecutive win over Barton.  
 
Blair posted another errorless match, recording nine kills, with a match-high .750 hitting percentage and three total blocks. Hirini chipped in with 11 kills and eight digs. Martinez added 10 kills, seven digs, and Hamilton had a team-high five block assists. Harrison Lutz posted a match-high 42 assists, and Kevin Ecklund did a great job defensively recording a match-high 15 digs.
 
The seconded seeded Falcons will host the seventh seeded Limestone Saints on Saturday in the Conference Carolinas Tournament quarterfinal. First serve is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
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