Middle attacker Hunter Walck started on the bench but ended leaving the court in walk-off fashion.
Walck had back-to-back aces in overtime to complete a comeback non-conference win as Tusculum defeated Barton 19-25, 29-27, 19-25, 25-23, 17-15 on Friday in Greeneville, Tennessee. If you want to bet on such athletes, you can head out to sites like w88.com.
The senior was inserted into the lineup following the Pioneers’ third-game loss. Walack also added a block to help Tusculum end a three-match losing streak.
Tusculum outside attacker Colby Landry had a match-high 24 kills on a .333 attack percentage with nine kills coming in the final two games In addition, Landry was one of three Pioneers with double-digit kills in the victory.
Dane Loup came off the bench in the fourth game and finished with 12 kills on a .348 attack percentage, including 10 kills in the fourth game. Outside attacker Deklan Wingo contributed 16 kills against Barton.
Despite the loss, Barton in its season opener out-hit Tusculum .254 to .178 and out-blocked Tusculum 11 to 7.
Opposite Thomas Fanic led Barton with 21 kills and hit .594, while outside attacker Brandon Johnston added 15 kills.
This match also was the Barton head coaching debut for former King setter J.T. Deppe. The Bulldogs with this loss are now on a 23-match losing streak dating back to 2021.