Haviland, KS – Midwest Christian College Conference (MCCC) volleyball play is well under way and the Bears are finding it to be tough sledding. This weekend the Bears faced off against Calvary Bible College (Kansas City, MO) and Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO).

Calvary Bible College (Kansas City, MO) came to Hockett Auditorium on Friday evening and were able to find revenge after losing to the Bears in straight sets one week prior. The opening set was dominated by the Bears 25-12 but the Warriors of Calvary Bible stormed back to win three sets in a row, 24-26, 19-25, and 15-25.

On Saturday afternoon, the Ambassadors of Ozark Christian won in straight sets 16-25, 13-25, and 22-25, but with plenty of scares from the Bears. It took a 10-0 run by the Ambassadors to pull away mid-way through the first set and then in the third set, the Bears built a 22-17 lead before allowing Ozark Christian to score eight in a row to close out the match.

The Bears (3-6, 1-3) will host NAIA Southwestern Christian College (Bethany, OK) on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM CST.

Haviland, KS – Bears Soccer was back in action under the lights on the campus of Barclay College. In a game full of many tense, heated moments, the Crusaders of Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) came out on top 3-1 in this NCCAA Regional match-up.

Dallas Christian scored two goals in the first thirty minutes of the game to put the Bears back on their heels and then in the closing minutes of the first half, following two red cards, both teams went into the half down a man. Playing ten on ten in the second half, the Bears struck first when Freshman Justin Segura (Chino Hills, CA) connected from twenty yards out to narrow the Crusaders lead to one. However, minutes later, after the Bears narrowly missed several shots, the Crusaders tacked on one more goal to walk away with a 3-1 win.

“I was proud of the guys that finished the game. They played their hearts out,” said Assistant Coach Marc Compton. “I also think there is a lot to learn from this soccer game and not just about soccer but about life. They need to understand that as Christians we are called to a higher standard regardless if things are fair or not and we need to respond as Jesus would respond.”

The Bears (4-3, 1-2) are next in action Saturday, September 15 against MCCC opponent Calvary Bible College (Kansas City, MO) at 2:00 PM CST.

Haviland, KS – Freshman forward Eduardo Salazar (Huntsville, TX) earned the NCCAA Division II Student-Athlete of the Week for his play from September 3rd through September 9th.

On Tuesday, September 4th Salazar assisted on two goals to help the Bears beat Southwest Region rival Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College (Moore, OK). He followed up that performance with four goals and one assist in a 7-1 win over Emmaus Bible College (Dubuque, IA). Then on Saturday, September 8th, Salazar scored the golden goal in a 2-1 overtime victory against Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA).

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.