The Barclay Bears Volleyball team opened up the 2013 season on the road Tuesday night with a trip down to Bethany, Oklahoma to play NAIA Division II Southwestern Christian University.

As the first set got underway, it was evident this was the Bears first match of the year. The Lady Eagles of Southwestern would cruise to a 25-8 win to start the best of five match. With the first set behind them, the Lady Bears responded with a fury of offense, winning 25-19. The remaining two matches where hard fought but found the Bears coming up short 19-25 and 20-25.

Offensively,  Senior Sarah Sullivan led the way with seven kills while Senior Hannah Williams added four kills along with twelve digs. Defensively, Junior Morgan Stander had 14 digs and Junior Kalyn Switzer had nine assists.

Coach Shari Bryan had this to say about the season opener and how her team played, “Overall I was very pleased with the level of play for our first match. The girls pulled together and played well as a unit. As the match progressed, we found our rhythm in both offense and defense. I am excited to see where the season leads.”

The Lady Bears are back in action for their home opener on Friday, August 30th at 5:00 PM CST against conference rival Calvary Bible College (Belton, MO).

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On August 10th, many of our Fall athletes will begin arriving on campus to begin training for their 2013 seasons. It will be a week of skills, conditioning, and team building as they construct a foundation for what’s to come.

Cross Country is up and running again! Wendy Williams will be leading the men’s and women’s teams while Brad Lingafelter will assist her. Williams brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program from her days at Black Hills State University (Spearfish, S.D.). Both teams will run at the Wichita Winds Festival on September 7th, the Tabor Invitational (Hillsboro, KS) September 21st, Fort Hays St. Tiger Open (Victoria, KS) October 12th, Run For Missions (Haviland, KS) October 26th and, if they qualify, at the NCCAA National Meet (Cedarville, OH) November 16th.

Head Coach Kevin Lee enters his third season at the helm of the Men’s Soccer Team. Steve Davis will also be in his third season as an assistant coach while former Bears Soccer standout Eliot Hinshaw comes on board the coaching staff as well. Last season, the Bears enjoyed a ton of success in route to a .500 season. This season they return Senior captain and defender Pilo Miranda-Troup while they also acquired the talents of several promising recruits. Those recruits include incoming Freshman Pedro Chavez (Lakin, KS), John Forrest Turner (Huntsville, TX), Melvin Lara (Katy, TX) and Idle Dahir (Murray, UT). Their 2013 campaign begins with a home match Saturday, August 31st against Calvary Bible College (Belton, MO) at 2:00 PM CST.

The women’s volleyball team will be led by second year Head Coach Shari Bryan and assisted by Barclay College adjunct business professor Kayleen Stevens. After a rebuilding 2012 season, the Bears return most of their roster including their Senior All-American Sarah Sullivan. In addition, Senior Hannah Williams and Junior Morgan Stander will add some much needed depth. The Bears open their season on the road against NAIA Southwestern Christian in Bethany, OK on Tuesday, August 27th and then will host MCCC rival Calvary Bible College on Friday, August 30th.

Excitedly this year the Athletics Department is hoping to get most contests streamed live on the internet so that Bears fans across the globe can stay connected.

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We have highlighted ten different students who are pursuing ministry this summer.

Senior Rochelle Greshem is seving under Southwest Yearly Meeting of Friends in cooperation with the Cambodian Friends Church. She is helping with the youth program and working at the Devine Pizza and Ribs Cage which provide a safe place for people to come in and eat and a safe place to work.

 

Senior Amanda Vance is doing Missionary work in Nepal with Evangelical Friends Missions. Her service is from June 10 to August 2.

 

Senior Nathan Fisher is doing his pastoral ministry practicum throughout the summer at the Greensburg Christian Church in Greensburg, Kansas.

 

Senior Keaghan Auer and Junior Joey Spiegel are serving at Camp Quaker Haven in Kansas as counselors for both senior and junior high camps.

 

Senior Christopher Reed is serving as a counselor for multiple age groups on the Leadership Team at Ponca Bible Camp in Arkansas from June 12 until July.

 

Senior David Jaimes is doing his Bible/theology practicum among the Spanish speaking churches in California from June 3 to August 5.

 

Sophomore Lauren Wells was in Peru from May 4-24 to encourage the formation of strong relationships between the younger generation of Friends in Peru and the United States.

 

Sophomore Jacob Pribble is doing his youth ministry internship throughout the summer at the Chandler Friends Church, Chandler, Oklahoma.

 

Senior Josh Sanchez is ministering in Belgium with a group called Sports Quest.

 

Junior Joey Spiegel is doing his youth ministry practicum this summer at the Haviland Friends Church under the direction of Associate Pastor, Josiah Williams.