Barton beats Emmanuel to snap 31-match losing streak

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The longest losing streak in the nation has come to an end.

Barton earned its first win of the season and snapped a 31-match losing streak that dated back to 2021 as it defeated Emmanuel 26-24, 20-25, 25-19, 25-20 on Saturday in Wilson, North Carolina.

Middle attack attacker Thomas Fanic in the victory led all players with a season-high 13 blocks. In addition, Fanic added 11 kills and one error on a .526 attack percentage with four of those kills coming in the final game.


Setter Seth Deppe had 42 assists and guided the Barton offense to out-hit Emmanuel .322 to .186, including the Bulldogs having a match-best .500 attack percentage and committing no attackers in the third game. Barton (1-9, 1-3 ConfCarolinas) entered this match having never hit .300 in a match this season and only hitting more than .200 a single match.

The Bulldogs had three players finish with double-digit kills. Along with Fanic, opposite Jake Adams had a team-high 16 kills on a .405 attack percentage and outside attacker Brandon Johnston contributed 12 kills against Emmanuel (5-7, 1-3 ConfCarolinas).

Johnston also had an ace as part of a 5-0 run to close out the opening game in overtime. The Bulldogs trailed 24-22 before fighting off three game-points and won the game on an Emmanuel attack error.

Emmanuel outside attacker Jayden Young in the loss had a team-high 18 kills.

This victory also is the first career win for Barton first-year head coach J.T. Deppe. Despite the recent losing streak, Barton remains one of the most successful programs in ConfCarolinas history winning conference titles in 2017 and 2019.

One Reply to “Barton beats Emmanuel to snap 31-match losing streak”

  1. Fantastic Bulldogs… we were all excited her in
    California… your win was noisy in our household…
    Great coaching coach Deppe….and fantastic
    Playing by our team…

    Gramma to JT and Seth….

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