Casey Roberts © 2013 for Barclay College

This last weekend, the Barclay College volleyball team hosted Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA) and Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) for their final two matches before heading into fall break.

Friday night Faith Baptist Bible College was in town for the Bears final regular season Midwest Christian College Conference match. The Eagles jumped out early with flawless play to take the first set 25-8. In the second set, the Bears found themselves with another early deficit, but with some strong hitting  the Bears roared back to within one only to drop the set 20-25. The tables switched in the third set as the Bears jumped out to a 7-0 lead behind Senior Hannah William’s serving which included two aces. The Eagles, however, were able to put together a run of their own to win the set 25-19.

Offensively, Williams led the Bears with eight kills while Senior Sarah Sullivan added another six. Defensively, Sophomore Raelyn Epp had 12 digs and Junior Morgan Stander had nine.

Saturday afternoon, Dallas Christian College was in town for the Bears final NCCAA Southwest Region game before postseason play. From the beginning, the Bears came ready to play behind the power hitting of Sullivan. Action was back and forth the whole afternoon, but the Bears just could not finish a set off, losing in straight sets 18-25, 20-25, and 20-25.

Sullivan, who has been leading the SW Region with 3.0 kills per set, compiled another 14 kills on the afternoon, and Williams chipped in another eight. Junior setters Dani Gressel and Kalyn Switzer had 14 assists apiece while Stander led the Bear defensively with 17 digs. In addition, Williams, Epp, and Gressel had 14 digs apiece.

The Bears will have one last tune up, at home against Central Christian College (McPherson, KS) on Tuesday, October 22nd, before heading to Belton, MO for the MCCC Tournament hosted by Calvary Bible College.

Casey Roberts © 2013 for Barclay College

Tuesday, October 8th the Lady Bears volleyball team traveled northeast to Manhattan, Kansas to have a second meeting against the nationally ranked Crusaders of Manhattan Christian College.

Hoping to improve from their first match up, the Bears were anxious to begin. As the sets got underway, the Bears were able to sustain many long rallies with the Crusaders thanks to a strong defensive night for the Bears. The Bears also had a strong presence on the net with many touches and four blocks. With so much focus on defending against the powerful hitting of MCC, the Bears offense produced only 12 kills collectively on the night. Without kills to win the points, the Bears found themselves losing many tough fought rallies. Contrary to the look of the scores, the Lady Bears fought hard and gave it their all, losing in straights sets, 9-25, 13-25, and 9-25.

“After playing so many nationally ranked teams and coming up short, I am proud of our girls efforts and how they continue to pull together as a team. They encourage one another and keep their heads, when it would be easy to be discouraged.” said Head Coach Shari Bryan after the loss.

Statistically, Senior Sarah Sullivan had 5 kills, while Junior Dani Gressel added 5 assist and 6 digs. Senior Hannah Williams put up 2 blocks and Sophomore RaeLyn Epp contributed a game high 9 digs.

The Bears will be back in action this weekend to finish out their regular season conference play and NCCAA Southwest Regional play. On Friday they will host Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA) at 7:00 PM CST and then Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) at 1:00 PM on Saturday afternoon.

Casey Roberts © 2013 for Barclay College

The Lady Bears Volleyball team took to the road once again to face NCCAA Division II Southwest Region opponent Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK) on Tuesday night. The Saints proved to be another tough opponent for the Bears as they are yet another opponent that has been a regular in the weekly top ten poles.

Early on the Bears found themselves in a little bit of a hole before rallying at the end of the set. The Bears ran out of steam and dropped the set 17-25. After a quick second set where the Saints easily won 10-25, the Bears regrouped and made some vital defensive adjustments in the third. With the Bears trailing just two at 18-20, the ball did not bounce the Bears way as the Saints closed the set and match out 18-25.

Statistically the Bears were led by Senior Sarah Sullivan who had an impressive fifteen kills while Junior Kalyn Switzer had nine assists to go along with four digs.

The Bears will play their annual Alumni Game this coming weekend before traveling to #5 Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) on Tuesday, October 7th at 7:00 PM CST.

Casey Roberts © 2013 for Barclay College

Last weekend the Lady Bears hit the road for four games in two days. The first destination was Joplin, MO to play NCCAA Southwest Region rivals Arlington Baptist and Ozark Christian College. Then on Saturday they traveled to Belton, MO for a triangular with Calvary Bible College and Emmaus Bible College (Dubuque, IA).

First off on Friday evening, the Bears struggled against the height of Arlington’s front court, but found themselves able to attack and penetrate the Patriots defense with 19 kills collectively as a team. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough to fight off the Patriots as they won in straight sets, 18-25, 17-25, and 21-25. The Bears then faced nationally ranked Ozark Christian, losing in straight sets again, 11-25, 15-25, 15-25.

On Saturday the Bears traveled north to take on Calvary Bible College and Emmaus Bible College. The first match was against the Warriors of Calvary Bible College. The Bears came out slow in the first set, losing quickly 14-25. The second set was a different story with long rallies and hard fought plays from both sides. The Bears found themselves coming out on top 29-27. They would carry that momentum into the third set to win 25-21 and take a two sets to one lead. The Warriors, however, would respond and come back to win the last two sets 22-25 and 11-15.

After their tough loss to the Calvary Bible, the Bears had to muster up more energy to finish out the forth match in less then twenty-four hours. The Eagles of Emmaus Bible College were up next and the match was filled with runs by both teams, but the Bears offensive proved too much for the Eagles as they won in straight sets, 25-23, 25-23, and 25-20.

The Bears are back in action on Tuesday against Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College @ 6:00 PM CST in Moore, OK.


The 2013 Barclay College Bears volleyball schedule has been anything but easy over their first six games, including two NCCAA Division II top ten opponents last week. This weekend, however, there was no denying them their first victories of the season.

On Friday night, the Bears made the long trek to Florissant, Missouri to take on St. Louis Christian College in an MCCC road match. From the beginning, it was clear that the Lady Soldiers were simply out-matched by the Bears as BC won in straight sets, 25-5, 25-8, and 25-9, for their first win of the season.

Saturday, on the other hand, was a different story as Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) welcomed the Bears to town. Last year the Bears played two five-set thrillers with the Saints, and this year was no different. The Bears came out sluggish, dropping two of the first three sets, before finishing with a bang, 22-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-17, and 15-9.

Next up for the Bears (2-6, 2-1) is a date at NCAA Division II Newman University (Wichita, KS) on Tuesday at 7:00 PM CST.

Saturday afternoon the Bears Volleyball team took on their second MCCC opponent ranked in the top ten in the nation. The Ambassadors of Ozark Christian (Joplin, MO) made their annual trip to Hockett Auditorium to take on the Bears in a match counting in both the MCCC and NCCAA Division II Southwest Region standings.

The Ambassadors came into the match with something to prove after losing to Manhattan Christian in straight sets the night before. They jumped on the Bears 7-1 en route to taking the first set 25-12. The second set, however, was a different story. The Bears dug deep and went toe to toe with the Ambassadors. Trailing 17-18 late in the set, it was the Ambassadors who won seven of the last eight points to win the second set 25-18. In the third set, the Bears led by as many as four in the early portions before the Ambassadors rallied to take the set 25-16 for a straight set win.

Senior Sarah Sullivan had seven kills and four blocks and Junior Danielle Gressel had five assist to lead the Bears offensively. Defensively, Junior Morgan Stander and Sophomore RaeLyn Epp combined for 17 digs.

The Bears (0-7, 0-2) aren’t back in action until Friday when they hit the road to take on MCCC foes St. Louis Christian (Florissant, MO) on Friday, September 20th 7:00 PM CST and Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) on Saturday at 2:00 PM.

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 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.

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.

Friday evening the Lady Bears played their first match at Hockett Auditorium in Haviland, KS. The Warriors of Calvary Bible College (Belton, MO) were in town as the two opened up MCCC play as well.

In front of a packed crowd, the Bears roared out of the gates to take the first set 25-13. The second set started in same fashion for the Bears as they carried a five point lead late in the set only to see the Warriors climb back and take the set 25-23. Losing the second set in such fashion took the wind right out of their sail, while the Warriors’ momentum helped them withstand a couple rallies from the Bears to win the final two sets 25-16, 25-16.

Statistically, Sophomore RaeLyn Epp led the Bears with ten digs, Junior Morgan Stander had four aces, and Seniors Sarah Sullivan and Hannah Williams combined for 23 kills.

The Bears (0-2, 0-1) will host Hillsdale Freewill Baptist (Moore, OK) on Tuesday, September 3rd at 6:00PM CST in a NCCAA Southwest Region match.