The Midwest Christian College Conference handed out end-of-the-year awards over the weekend. Junior Sarah Sullivan (San Antonio, TX) was the lone volleyball players to earn recognition while Sophomore Aaron Collatie (Bel Aire, KS) and Freshman Eduardo Salazar (Huntsville, TX) were recognized for soccer.

Following a break-out junior season this year, Sullivan received MCCC Honorable Mention. Sullivan finished the conference regular season fourth overall in kill average (3.07 per-set) and was 6th in attacking percentage (29%). During the conference tournament, she recorded another 27 kills in just two games.  

In addition to Salazar being the NCCAA Division II player of the week earlier in the year, he was also named to the MCCC First Team following a freshman year where he led the team in scoring (11 goals) and finished in the top three in the MCCC in points per-game average (1.92) and goals per-game average (.75).

Collatie was named to the MCCC Second Team. His aggressive, tenacious presence on the field solidified the Bear’s defense throughout the course of the season.

Manhattan, KS – Barclay College Soccer headed into the 2012 Midwest Christian College Conference (MCCC) with some momentum after a win and a tie the previous weekend.

On Thursday, October 18th, #4 Bears took on #5 Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA) in the first round. Freshman Kingsley Assibey (Accra, Ghana) scored the game’s only goal to advance the Bears to the semi-finals against #1 Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS).

In this semi-final showdown, the Bears once again struck first. Assibey found the back of the net to the give the Bears a 1-0 lead going into the half. In the ladder half of the second half, the Crusaders scored the equalizer and then snuck in the game winner with less than a minute on the clock to beat the Bears 2-1.

Following the disappointing semi-final loss to Manhattan Christian, the Bears fell 2-0 to Calvary Bible College (Kansas City, MO) in the 3rd place game to finish 4th.

The Bears (8-8-1, 3-3) will be at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK) as the #3 seed in a four team NCCAA Southwest Regional. They will play #2 Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) at 1:00 PM CST on Friday, October 26th.

Haviland, KS – The Barclay College Bears entered the 2012 MCCC Volleyball Tournament as the #4 seed following a 4-6 regular season, but walked away with a 6th place finish.

At 2:00 PM CST on Friday, October 19th, the Bears had a rematch with #5 Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO). One week prior they played an exciting five set match that saw the Bears pull off the come from behind victory. This time around, the Saints of Central were able to exact revenge in their own five set win, 28-26, 19-25, 25-22, 17-25, 18-16.

On Saturday morning, the Bears were back at it against #6 Calvary Bible College (Kansas City, MO) for the 5th and 6th place game. The Warriors, who split with the Bears during the regular season, were on top of their game and won in straight sets, 25-16, 25-17, and 25-14.

Barclay College will compete in the NCCAA Southwest Region Tournament hosted by Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK) on October 26th. The Bears will be #4 seed and will play #5 Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) at 10:00 AM CST.

Haviland, KS – On Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th, seven teams in the Midwest Christian College Conference (MCCC) went head to head in order to crown a tournament champion.

After finishing the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record, Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) not only earned the #1 seed but also a first round by. The other top seeds were #2 Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO), #3 Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA), and #4 Barclay College (Haviland, KS).

Of the nine tournament matches, six were decided in three sets. The two fives set matches were when #4 Barclay College and #5 Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) played in first round action and when #2 Ozark Christian and #3 Faith Baptist played in the semifinals. Both matches saw the lower seed pulling off the upset.

It took #1 Crusaders of Manhattan little time to dispatch Central Christian in the semifinals but then was pushed in the finals against Faith Baptist. Faith was able to take the first set before the Crusaders stormed back to win the next three convincingly to win the championship. Defending champions Ozark Christian won the consolation match for 3rd place.

The first serve of the MCCC Volleyball Tournament begins this weekend! Grab your Barclay shirts and foam fingers and join us in Hockett Auditorium for an exciting weekend of nonstop volleyball. This is a great opportunity to fellowship with the community. Concessions are available and the Bear’s Den will be streaming the games live.

For those who can’t make it to the tournament, you can watch it online on the Kiowa County Media Center’s website.

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.