Haviland, KS – MCCC powerhouse Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) came to Barclay College on Tuesday and handed the Bears their first conference loss of the year.

The Crusaders came out of the gates quickly, established a lead and the Bears were unable to match their play. After losing the first set 10-25 and the second set 9-25, the Bears began to get some touches on the front line and slow down the Crusaders attack. However, the Crusader were a little too much to handle this night and took the third set 16-25 for a straight sets victory over the Bears.

Freshman Lauren Wells (Halstead, KS) had nine digs and two aces to lead the Bears while Sophomore Kalyn Switzer (Weatherford, OK) contributed another six digs to lead the Bears defensive attack.

Barclay College Volleyball (3-4, 1-1) will play a pair of conference matches over the weekend. They will go head to head with Calvary Bible College (Kansas City, MO) on Friday, September 14th at 5:00 PM CST and Saturday, September 15th they will be up against Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) at 1:00 PM.

Haviland, KS – The Crusaders of Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) lived up to their NCCAA Division II #3 ranking on Tuesday. The MCCC match was not played in ideal weather conditions, but definitely not unusual for southwest Kansas. Even with the extremely windy conditions, gusts as high as 40 miles per hour, the Crusaders won 6-0.

Within in the first ten minutes of the game, the Crusaders scored on a header and never looked back. With a stingy Manhattan defense limiting the Barclay offensive attack, they built a 3-0 halftime lead. Even though Freshman forward Eduardo Salazar (Huntsville, TX) was able to find the back of the net five times last week and assist on an additional three goals, the Crusader defense was swarming and kept him under wraps for most of the game. The 6-0 defeat ended the Bears three game winning streak and dropped them to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in MCCC play.

Bears Soccer will be back at it in Haviland under the lights this coming Friday, September 14th at 7:00 PM CST against Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) and then again on Saturday, September 15th at home against Calvary Bible College (Kansas City, MO) at 2:00 PM.

Haviland, KS – Come out and cheer on your Barclay Bears Soccer team Friday, September 14th vs. Dallas Christian College. This NCCAA Southwestern Region game has been moved from 4:00 PM CST to 7:00 PM for an eventful “under the lights” match.

In addition, the Men’s Soccer game scheduled on Friday, Oct. 12th against Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) has been moved from 4:00 PM CST to 7:00 PM.

Kansas City, MO/Ankeny, IA – Coming off a monumental win over Hillsdale Free Will Baptist earlier in the week, the BC Bears Soccer team rode that momentum to two more victories this weekend.

The Bears opened up Friday on a rainy day in Kansas City against Emmaus Bible College (Dubuque, IA). BC struck first when Senior Joshua Sanchez (Magee, MS) assisted Freshman Eduardo Salazar (Huntsville, TX). Minutes later, Emmaus evened the score but BC went on to score four more goals before the half. The second half saw the Bears tack on three more goals and run away with a 7-1 victory. Salazar finished the game with four goals while Senior Rusty Eadie (Manton, MI), Freshman Justin Segura (Chino Hills, CA), and Freshman Mauro Villanueva (Lyons, KS) were also able to find the back of the net.

With the team beginning to gel, they headed to Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA) for their second MCCC game of the season. Assisted by Segura, Salazar had the winning goal in overtime to seal the deal for the Bears. Segura also had a goal in the opening minute of the game.

Defensive specialist Senior Sammy Sanders (Haviland, KS) said, “We found a way to win. We played through some adversity and came together to play as a team.”

Salazar and Segura lead the Bears on the season with seven and four goals respectively.

The Bears (4-1, 1-1) will be back on the pitch this coming Tuesday, September 11th against MCCC favorite Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) at 4:00 PM CST.

Kansas City, MO – The Barclay College Volleyball team competed in a Saturday triangular against Emmaus Bible College (Dubuque, IA) and MCCC opponent Calvary Bible College (Kansas City, MO), and walked away with a split.

The Warriors of Calvary Bible College were first up for the Bears and the first conference match of the season as well. The Bears waisted no time establishing themselves as the aggressor winning the opening set 25-19. In the second set, down four half way through the set, the Bears found a way to not only take that set 25-22 but carry the momentum into the third and win in straight sets, 25-20.

“Our front row players stepped up and played really well. It allowed us to be on the offensive for most of the morning, ” commented Head Coach Shari Bryan. Junior Sarah Sullivan (San Antonio, TX) led the way with 14 kills while middle blocker Sophomore Megan Eby (Arlington, WA), had three blocks and six kills.

Immediately following the victory over Calvary Bible, the Bears were back at it against the Emmaus Bible College Eagles. The Eagles were able to capitalize on the Bears fatigued legs in opening set, winning 25-15. However, in the second set with the match tied at 23 all, the Bears found themselves on the wrong side of a questionable call and dropped the set 23-25. Even though the Bears were able to bounce back and take the third set 25-17, the Eagles controlled the fourth set winning 25-11 going away. Once again Eby and Sullivan led the way with 11 and 10 kills. Freshman Lauren Wells (Halstead, KS) had 13 digs and Sophomore Kalyn Switzer (Weatherford, OK) had 22 assists.

Next up for the Bears (3-3, 1-0) is a date with NCCAA #3 ranked Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS). The MCCC match is scheduled for Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 PM CST.

Haviland, KS – The Saints from Hillsdale Freewill Baptist College (Moore, OK) came to Hockett Auditorium with something to prove. Both of last year’s volleyball matches with the Saints went to five sets. However, the Bears came out flat this time around and were unable to come out on top, losing in straight sets.

In this NCCAA Southwest Region match-up, the Bears found themselves playing mostly defenses and unable to recover from early holes in the first two sets, losing 15-25 and 12-25. In the third set, they made some adjustments and were able to dig deep to give themselves an opportunity to win the third before falling short, 22-25. The Bears were led by Jr. Sarah Sullivan (San Antonio, TX) with 7 kills and 5 kills by So. Megan Eby (Arlington, WA). Setter So. Kalyn Switzer (Weatherford, OK) had 18 assits while Fr. Courtney Gillaspy (Medina, TX) had 91% of her passes on target and Lauren Wells (Halstead, KS) chipped in 13 digs.

Next up for the Bears is a triangular in Kansas City, MO at Calvary Bible College. They will play host Calvary at 10:00 AM CST and Emmaus Bible College (Dubuque, IA) at 12:00 PM on Saturday, September 8th.

Haviland, KS – The Bears first ever home soccer game under the lights was a victorious one and in grand fashion. With a boisterous crowd on hand, the Bears led by Sr. Rusty Eadie’s (Manton, MI) two goals overcame an early deficit and dispatched the Saints of Hillsdale Freewill Baptist College 3-1.

“That was one of the best crowds we’ve ever had,” exclaimed Eadie. “It was a blast.”

Even though the Saints were the first on the scoreboard off a deflection, the Bears kept their poise. They evened the score moments later when Fr. Justin Segura (Chino Hills) crossed it in and Eadie placed the ball high into the back of the net with a “SportsCenter Top 10″ worthy header.

With the halftime score knotted up at one apiece, the Bears came out of the half and continued a relentless attack on goal, out shooting the Saints 22-9 on the game. Ten minutes into the second half, Segura sliced to the back post for an easy volley to give the Bears their first lead, and they never looked back. Time and time again goalkeeper Jr. Austin Ogle (Hutchinson, KS) made save after save and then Eadie struck again later in the half to put the game away.

Eadie aslo commented, “I thank God for revealing to us what we are capable of and knowing we can do more. This is something we can build on for the rest of the year.”

The Bears are next in action this weekend in two MCCC games. On Friday September 7th they will travel to Kansas City, MO to play Calvary Bible College at 4:00 PM CST and then to Ankeny, IA for a match against Faith Baptist on Saturday, September 8th at 1:00 PM CST.

Haviland, KS – As the afternoon temperatures reached triple digits, the Barclay College Men’s Soccer team went head to head with MCCC conference foe and NCCAA Southwest Region foe, Ozark Christian (Joplin, MO). It was the Bears first conference game of the season and it couldn’t have come on a hotter day as they fell 3-1.

Even though the Ambassadors of Ozark Christian controlled ball possession in the first half, the Bears had several opportunities to put points on the board but came away empty handed. At the half, the score remained 0-0. Roughly fifteen minutes into the second half, the Ambassadors struck first and then added two more goals before Fr., Justin Segura (Chino Hills, CA) scored on a lazer of a shot from near the 18 yard box in the final 10 minutes of the game.

“It was a hard fought game and we saw a lot of improvement from a lot of guys,” said Assistant Coach Marc Compton. “I truly believe the improvement we saw today will translate into future success.”

The Bears (1-1, 0-1) will be back on the pitch Tuesday, September 4th at 7:00 PM CST against another NCCAA Southwest Region opponent, Hillsdale Freewill Baptist (Moore, OK). The home game will be the Bears first ever under the lights.

Springfield, MO – Coming off a tough home opener loss Tuesday, August 28th, the Bears Volleyball team rebounded with two wins in a triangular hosted by Central Bible College (CBC).

The Bears squared off against CBC in their first match. In the opening set, the Bears set the tone early with a number digs and several of their 31 offensive kills for the match to take the first set 25-16. Sets two (25-16) and three (25-22) followed suit and the Bears were able to get their first win of the season with a sweep against the host school. Defensively Fr. Courtney Gillaspy (Medina, TX) led the Bears with five digs, So. Dani Gressel (South Haven, KS) put 12 of her 13 passes on target while Fr. libero Lauren Wells (Halstead, KS) put 86% of her passes on target. Offensively, upperclassman Jr. Sarah Sullivan (San Antonio, TX) and Sr. Katie Cruse (San Dimes, CA) had 11 and 10 kills respectively.

In the Bears second match of the day, they faced off against Champion Baptist (Hot Springs, AR). The Tigers of Champion Baptist came out ready to play and took the opening set 25-15. However, the Bears were able to adjust to the Tigers scrappy style of play and won the next three sets 25-16, 25-15, and 25-18. Champion Baptist’s decision not to block paved the way for 37 kills by the Bears led by Sullivan’s 17. Cruse was also in double digits with 11. So. Kalyn Switzer (Weatherford, OK) followed up a 25 assist match earlier in the day with a 31 assist match again Champion Baptist.

“I was very pleased with the team playing together and making necessary adjustments during the course of the matches today,” said Head Coach Shari Bryan. “It was good to get a couple wins under our belt as we get ready to play a regional competitor in Hillsdale.”

The Bears (2-1, 0-0) will host NCCAA Southwest Region rival Hillsdale Freewill Baptist (Moore, OK) at 5:00 PM CST on Tuesday, September 4th.