Haviland, KS – Bears Soccer concluded their 2012 regular season with a conference win over Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) and a tie against Grace University (Omaha, NE).

On a misty Friday night under the lights, the Bears were running on all cylinders. Freshman Eduardo Salazar (Huntsville, TX) sliced through the Saint defense twice in the first half to give the Bears a 2-0 halftime lead and they would never look back. Sophomore Josh Sanchez (Magee, MS) added one more goal to the total as the Bears finished their MCCC regular season schedule with a solid win.

The Grace University Royals came to town Saturday afternoon for the Bears last regular season game. Even though the Bears were able to beat the Royals 2-1 in Omaha in the season opener back on August 28th, it was a very close game. This game was no different. Possession and shots on goal were fairly even as the two teams went into half knotted up at 0-0. The second half saw much of the same. Freshman Justin Segura (Chino Hills, CA) had one strike on goal from well outside the box that looked like it had a chance to ricochet off the back post, but the Royal’s keeper got a finger on it to make sure the score stayed even, and it did, even through two overtime periods.

The Bears (7-6-1, 3-3) will be the #4 seed in the MCCC Tournament in Manhattan, KS. They will open up against Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA) at 10:00 AM CST on Thursday. The Bears defeated FBBC at Ankeny 2-1 in overtime earlier in the season.

Haviland, KS – The Barclay College Volleyball team will go into the MCCC Tournament on a two game conference winning streak after sweeping St. Louis Christian College (Florissant, MO) and beating Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) in a five-set thriller over the weekend.

On Friday night, the Bears dominated St. Louis Christian from the get go, winning the first set 25-6, the second set 25-8 and the third set 25-10. Senior Katie Cruse (San Dimas, CA) led the way with 11 kills.

In the Bears final home regular season match, the Bears lone senior, Cruse, was honored prior to the start of their match against the Saints of CCCB. The Saints struck first and won the first set easily, 25-13, but the Bears responded in the second set with their own 25-13 set. In the third set, the action tightened up as the Bears dropped the set 25-19 only to respond in the fourth set 25-19 to force the Saints into a fifth and final set. It was the Bears first five set match of the season. CCCB came out on a mission and grabbed an early 10-1 lead before the Bears countered with a 9-0 run of their own behind the serving of Sophomore Danielle Gressel (South Haven, KS). With the score knotted up at 10, it was back and fourth before the Bears mustered up some huge plays to stay alive. Junior Sarah Sullivan (San Antonio, TX) had two blocks in the pivotal stretch while Sophomore Kalyn Switzer (Weatherford, OK) kept the ball alive with her digging. Trailing 16-15, the Bears had a sideout and then served two straight points to seal the victory.

The Bears (5-12, 3-6) head into the MCCC Tournament tied for fourth place and will play CCCB at 2:00 PM CST at Hockett Auditorium.

Manhattan, KS – Barclay College Bears Volleyball traveled to MCCC leading and  #6th ranked (NCCAA) Manhattan Christian College on Tuesday, Oct. 9th.

As the match began, the Bears fought hard defensively to counter the Crusaders top-notch front row hitters. They proved to be a little too much as the Crusaders took the first set 25-11. In the second set, the Bears once again found themselves in the thick of things with the score 8-10 due to some strong blocking. The Bears, however, were unable to stop a stretch of stellar Crusader serving to lose the second set as well, 12-25. Unfortunately, the Bears serve receive continued to struggle in the third set, and the Crusaders closed out the match 25-9.

The Bears (3-12) close out their regular season with two MCCC matches this coming weekend at Hockett Auditorium in Haviland, KS. On Friday, October 12th St. Louis Christian (Florissant, MO) will be in town for a match at 7:00 PM CST and then Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) will hook up with the Bears at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 13th.

McPherson, KS – On Tuesday, October 2nd, Bears Volleyball made the short commute to McPherson, KS to take on the NAIA Tigers of Central Christian College.

The Bears started out very slow and were unable to get into a grow before the Tigers ran away with a 25-12 first set victory. In the second set, however, the Bears were ready to play and took an early lead amidst some long rallies. Eventually the Tigers capitalized on some free balls and took the second set as well, 25-19. Midway through the third set, the Bears found themselves down 13-6 before they made a huge run to pull within 15-17 behind some hard serving and kills. Once again the Tigers proved to be a little too much and finished off the match by winning the third set 25-19.

Junior Sarah Sullivan (San Antonio, TX) and Sophomore Megan Eby (Arlington, KS) led the Bears with eight kills apiece. Sophomore Dani Gressel (New Haven, KS) and Freshman Courtney Gillaspy (Medina, TX) had 12 digs each to help the Bears defensively.

The Bears (3-11, 1-5) will take this weekend off and will be back in action against MCCC first place and nationally ranked Manhattan Christian on Tuesday, October 9th.

Barclay College dismisses classes for one day each year during its Missional Conference. This year it was on September 26. A total of 236 people were assigned to work at various jobs.

The Barclay community completed eleven paint jobs including 5 houses, 2 fences, and 3 garages. They also worked on two yard fences, cleaned six yards, and began the process of roofing a garage. Outdoor windows were washed at three locations and students also cleaned out an antique store. Five dump trucks patrolled the town in search of trash, while others cleared three miles worth of highway litter. The future site of the Haviland Creation Museum saw significant leaps forward. In the downtown area, students restored a mural painted on the wall of a building under the direction of Hannah Kendall.

The community of Haviland is highly appreciative of the jobs accomplished. The town continues receiving support from the faculty and students at Barclay who continue advancing the town with follow-up projects.

Dallas, TX – On a rainy afternoon at Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX), the Bears were unable to exact revenge from an earlier loss to the Crusaders in Haviland, KS on September 14th.

Roughly 25 minutes into the game, Dallas Christian scored first on a well-played through ball. The Bears were able to tie the game in stoppage time when Senior Rusty Eadie (Manton, MI) drilled a laser into the upper right corner of the goal. However, the game winner came from the Crusaders when they crossed the ball to an unmarked man in the box in the closing minute of the game.

Assistant Coach Marc Compton said, “It was a hard fought game. I was proud of the way our team played. Although we lost, we showed a lot of improvement.”

The Bears (6-6, 2-3) will play their annual alumni game under the lights at 7:00 PM CST on Friday, October 5th before they conclude their MCCC schedule at home against Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) on Friday, Oct. 12th.


Joplin, MO – With the MCCC Tournament three weeks away, the Bears traveled to Ozark Christian College for an attempt to improve their seeding. However, their second meeting with the Ambassadors ended in the same fashion as their first, with a straight set loss.

“Defensively we were slow on our feet. Made too many unforced errors at the net and you just can’t do that against a good team like Ozark,” said Head Coach Shari Bryan.

Ozark Christian came out in the first set like a top caliber team that they are and won the set 25-13. In the second set, behind superb serving, the Bears went stride for stride with the Ambassadors but fell just short, losing the set 19-25. The third set was similar to the first with the Ambassadors winning 25-14 to end the match.

The Bears (3-10, 1-5) play at NAIA Central Christian College (McPherson, KS) at 7:00 PM CST before they take a week off and then play at Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) on October 9th.