Hockett Auditorium was rocking on Tuesday night as the Barclay College Bears volleyball team took on NCCAA Division II 6th ranked Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS). The Crusaders came to town as the defending MCCC regular season and tournament champions.

In the opening set, the Crusaders revealed why they have earned such a high national ranking. With strong offensive play and experienced defense, they jumped on the Bears and took the first set 25-9. Even though the Bears showed a lot of grit and scrappiness, they fell short in the second set 11-25 and then held a 5-0 lead in the third before the Crusaders rallied to take the set and match in three sets.

Statistically, the Bears were led by Sophomore RaeLyn Epp’s eight digs. Offensively, the Bears front line had great swings and multiple touches on blocks, but unfortunately didn’t result in winning rallies.

The Bears (0-6, 0-1) are back at home on Saturday to take on the NCCAA Division II 4th ranked Ambassadors of Ozark Christian (Joplin, MO) at 1:00 PM CST.

On Tuesday, September 10 the Barclay Bears soccer team traveled to Winfield, KS to take on NAIA Division II, Southwestern College.  Southwestern College Moundbuilders went into the match with a 3 – 1 record, while the Barclay Bears were off to a 4 – 0 start. Even though the outcome wasn’t quite what the Bears were looking for, it was another strong showing early in the season.

After a scoreless first half, Southwestern capitalized first. They snuck in a grounder from the corner area at the 54 minute mark, which spun in just behind the Bears defense and into the back corner of the net. Then at the 80th minute of the game, the Moundbuilders final score came from a miscue on an offsides trap, giving Southwestern their second and final score of the match.  In spite of the deep Southwestern bench, the Bears played very competitively and will utilize the 2-0 loss as a learning opportunity.

The Bears (4-1, 1-0) head to Dallas Christian (Dallas, TX) for an NCCAA Division II Southwest region game. Game time is set for 5:30 PM CST.

Kingsley Assibey

Barclay College Men’s Soccer player Kingsley Assibey was honored as the NCCAA Division II student-athlete of the week for the week spanning from September 1st through the 8th. During that span, Assibey connected on three goals while the Bears won three tough matches.

On Tuesday, September 3rd, Assibey connected twice against Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College (Moore, OK) to lead the Bears to a 3-1 victory. Then over the weekend, he helped lead the Bears to victory over Grace University (Omaha, NE) in an OT thriller on Friday night and then scored a third goal on the week in the Bears 2-1 come from behind win against Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA).

The official press release can be found on the NCCAA website (www.thenccaa.org). Past Student-Athletes of the week recipients may also be found on this webpage.


Barclay College Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams competed in Wichita, KS on Saturday, September 7th. Friends University hosted the meet and created a course that consisted of many long hills and stretches of uneven surfaces of sand.

Being the first meet of the season, both teams set out to achieve their first time marks. They ended up accomplishing far more than just getting a time down on paper. Each athlete worked extremely hard on a very difficult course.  Barclay athletes finished with respectable times and places. They never gave up and pressed on with fast finishes. This meet is just a starting point for the Barclay athletes. Katlyn Ogle, Katie Barber, Brandi Brown and Caitlin Young represented the women’s side this weekend. Skip Harris and Joseph Spiegel represented the Men’s team.

Their next meet will be on October 28th at Tabor College. Thanks to all who are supporting the team with encouragement and prayers.

On Friday September the 6th, the Bears traveled to the Lone Star state to face off against two NCCAA DII Southwest Region rivals, the Patriots of Arlington Baptist (Arlington, TX) and the Crusaders of Dallas Christian (Dallas, TX).

The first match was against the defending ACCA National Champions, Arlington Baptist. As the match began it was evident Arlington’s front court duo of  6’0″ Senior Amanda Carlson and 6’3″ Freshman Rosalyn Thorpe, would be a handful. The Bears dropped the first set 8-25. Even though the Bears were able to sustain some rallies in the second set, they still dropped the set 14-25. The third set, unfortunately, went the same as the first, and the Bears dropped the set 8-25 and the match in straight sets.

Statistically the Bears were led by Senior Sarah Sullivan with 6 kills, while Junior Danielle Gressel had 6 assist. Defensively, Senior Hannah Williams and Junior Kalyn Switzer added 6 digs a piece.

After the rough loss Friday night, the Bears traveled across town to take on the Crusaders of Dallas Christian on Saturday afternoon. The Bears came out ready to play and made the Crusaders earn every point. The match was well played by both sides with many long rallies but the Bears, however, found themselves falling short and losing again in straights sets, 15-25, 23-25, and 17-25.

Seniors Sarah Sullivan and Hannah Williams led the Bears with 9 and 7 kills respectively. They also added 6 blocks together. Junior setters Danielle Gressel and Kalyn Switzer led their team with 13 assists collectively. While Sophomore Lauren Wells added 8 digs defensively.

The Bears (0-5, 0-1) will be hosting NCCAA DII nationally ranked Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) on Tuesday, September 10th at 7:00PM CST in an MCCC match.

The Barclay College Bears soccer team has given the home fans plenty to cheer about to open the 2013 season. Fresh off their OT win over Grace University the night before, they did not disappoint. On yet another blistering Saturday afternoon, the Bears stayed unbeaten (4-0) with a come from behind  2-1 victory over Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA). The game also marked the start of MCCC play for the Bears.

Eighteen minutes into the match, the Eagles of Faith worked their way through the Bears defense and found the back of the net for an early lead. However, similar to the second half the night before, the Bears dominated possession of the ball and kept Faith back on their heals most of the afternoon. Finally, after several great opportunities, a cross from Freshman Forest Turner was volleyed in by Freshman Eli Dahir to tie the game at 1-1 in the 35th minute.

Following the half, the Bears remained relentless on the offensive end. Then in the 66th minute Freshman Pedro Chavez made a run from his defensive position and made a cross that Sophomore Kingsley Assibey was able to get his head on for the goal. Assibey’s fifth goal of the season was not only the go-ahead goal but also proved to be the game winner. The win puts the Bears  atop the MCCC with a 1-0 mark in conference play.

On Tuesday, the Bears will be on the road for the first time this season as they head to Winfield, KS to face NAIA Southwestern College at 6:00 PM CST.

With the Bears and Royals of Grace University all knotted up under the lights in Haviland at the end of regulation, Bears Freshman midfielder Melvin Lara lazered a shot from just outside the box into the back of the net to give the Bears a 3-0 start to their 2013 campaign.

Five minutes into the game, the Bears got on the scoreboard first when Freshman Eli Dahir cranked in a goal in the 14th minute of the game. As the first half wore on, however, the Bears lacked energy and the Royals capitalized. Their first goal came in the 24th minute when Senior goalie Austin Ogle was caught off the goal line and the Royals chipped one in over his head and then they added a second goal in the 35th minute when Ogle was beat on another 1 v. 1 play.

Trailing 2-1 at intermission, the Bears came out on a mission.  Less than five minutes into the half, in the 49th minute, Lara bent a shot into the left corner of the net to tie the game up at two apiece. Possession was dominated by the Bears in the second half and they outshot the Royals 7-0 in the second half alone, but the score remained locked at two. In the closing seconds of regulation the Bears had one more opportunity. Sophomore Kingsley Assibey found a window int the defense with less than a minute left and blasted a shot, but it hit square off the post and ricocheted high into the night sky to take the game into overtime.

In the golden goal overtime, it was Lara who put the Bears on his back and led them to the victory. His second goal of the game came in the 97th minute of the contest and his fourth on the season.

The Bears are back in action in Haviland 1:00 PM CST on Saturday against an MCCC opponent, Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA).

On Tuesday night, September 3rd, the Lady Bears found themselves facing their first NCCAA Division II Southwest Region opponent, the Saints of Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK).  The Bears entered the contest after a tough loss over the weekend to the hands of Calvary Bible and both teams were hungry for a victory.

As the first set got under way, the Saints jumped out to an early lead behind the serving of Hannah Horner and the Bears could never crawl back into the set, losing 15-25. After some adjustments, the second set included multiple long rallies and good all-around volleyball, but found the Bears coming up short again, 20-25. Continuing with the momentum built in the second set, the Bears took the lead in the third set and fought off the Saints rally to win 25-22. As the forth set got under way, the Bears simply ran out steam losing 9-25.

The Bears were lead again by the dynamic senior duo of Sarah Sullivan and Hannah Williams, who combined for 15 kills and 6 blocks. Junior setters Dani Gressel and Kalyn Switzer contributed 13 assist while Sophomore RaeLyn Epp added 16 digs on defense. The Bears had an impressive serving game, only missing three out of 67 serves.

The Barclay Bears (0-3, 0-1) will be in action against two more Southwest Region opponents this weekend. First, they will travel to Arlington, TX to face the defending ACCA Champs from Arlington Baptist on Friday, September the 5th at 8:00 PM CST. Next, they will play Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) on Saturday at 1:00 PM CST.

Fresh off their 8-0 victory over Calvary Bible College (Benton, MO) over the weekend, the Barclay Bears soccer team was electric under the lights on Tuesday night. Hosting Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK), the Bears were able to take care of business in an exciting game on the pitch.

On a beautiful night for soccer, the Saints of Hillsdale found the back of the net first when, in the eighth minute of the game, Senior goalkeeper Austin Ogle couldn’t quite coral the ball after a diving save and the ball was punched in off the deflection. However, the Bears went on the offensive and had a multitude of opportunities in and around the box. Then in the 22nd minute, Senior David Jaimes played an amazing ball behind him to Sophomore Kingsley Assibey who easily out-maneuvered the keeper to knot the score up at 1-1.

The game seemed to be heading for overtime when, in the 65th minute, the Saints were whistled for a handball inside the goalie box, resulting in a penalty kick for BC. Assibey’s initial shot was blocked by the keeper but he was able to knock in the goal off the rebound to give the Bears a 2-1 lead. As the Saints frantically pursued the tying goal, the Bears countered in the final ten minutes of the match when Freshman Melvin Lara juked the final defender and curved a ball into the lower corner of the net from outside of the box to seal the victory.

The 3-1 victory improved the Bears to 2-0 on the season as they will be back in action at home this Friday night at 7:00 PM CST against Grace Bible College (Omaha, NE) and then at 1:00 PM Saturday against Faith Bible College (Ankey, IA).