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).


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.

The ACCA National Tournament kicked off on November 1st with a banquet prior to competitions into the weekend. The Barclay Bear Volleyball team finished out their season facing some familiar opponents at the tournament in Hillsdale Freewill Baptist, Central Christian College of the Bible (CCCB), Arlington Baptist and Champion Baptist.


In pool play the faced off against Hillsdale Freewill Baptist first. The Saints were able to win 13-25, 17-25 and 15-25. The Bears next opponent was the Patriots of Arlington Baptist. The Patriots proved too much for the Bears as well and won 11-25, 18-25 and 17-25. Arlington Baptist would go on to win the 2012 ACCA National Tournament on Saturday afternoon. In their last game of pool play, the Bears went head to head with CCCB for the third time in less than month. Both prior matches went to five with each team winning a match. This time around the Saints would win in 4 sets 25-8, 25-27, 25-19 and 25-23. Saturday morning the Bears found themselves facing Champion Baptist in the consolation game for seventh place in the tournament. The Bears came out ready to play and beat Champion in 3 sets 25-20, 25-15 and 25-16 to finish the season on a positive note.


Offensively Junior Sarah Sullivan led the team in the tournament with 31 kills and 7 blocks. While Senior Katie Cruse finished with 17 kills and 4 blocks. Sophomore Megan Eby added 17 kills, 10 blocks and 6 aces. Freshman Sharese Mulliken contributed with 15 kills, 3 blocks and 9 aces. Freshman Lauren Wells had 5 aces. Defensively the Bears were led by Sophomore Dani Gressel with 45 digs while freshman Courtney Gillaspy added 32 digs. Sophomore Kalyn Switzer finished with 76 assists on the weekend and 31 digs.

At the banquet Cruse and Sullivan were recognized for the efforts. Cruse was named an Academic All- American while Sullivan was voted to onto the ACCA 2nd Team.

Moore, OK – At the conclusion of the NCCAA Southwest Region Tournament hosted by Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College, All-Region teams were chosen by the head soccer and volleyball coaches of all schools represented in the region.

Volleyball players Junior Sarah Sullivan (San Antonio, TX) and Sophomore Megan Eby (Arlington, WA) both earned All-Region recognition. Sullivan earned first-team status as she led the Southwest Region in kill average and was second in the region in attacking percentage. Eby cracked the top ten in the region in kill-average and ace-average as she was chosen to the second team.

Soccer players Junior Austin Ogle (Hutchinson, KS), Sophomore Aaron Collatie (Bel Aire, KS) and Freshman Eduardo Salazar (Huntsville, TX) were recognized for their successes on the pitch. Ogle turned in yet another stellar season protecting the net as goalie. Collatie emerged as a physical anchor for the Bear’s defense while Eduardo led the Bears in scoring on the season with 11 goals.

Moore, OK – The Lady Bears Volleyball team went into the NCCAA Southwest Regional as the #4 seed and faced off against host college and top seed Hillsdale Free Will Baptist on Friday, October 26th.

Hillsdale was able to take the first set 25-14 thanks to stellar serving from NCCAA Division II ace leader, Hannah Horner. In the second set the Bears came out with new found energy. It was back and forth action, with the Bears leading most of the way, but again fell short 23-25. In the third set, it was again close until the Saints finally pulled away to seal the set and match 25-15.

In the Bear’s second match of the double elimination tournament, they went up against a familiar MCCC foe, Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO). The Ambassadors were coming off an emotional five set loss themselves but took the first set 25-10. That set was a wake-up call as the Bears bounced back and played even before dropping the set 21-25. The third set was much like the second set and the Ambassadors finished off the Bears the 25-18.

“I was so proud of how our girls played. We were shorthanded and they made the most out of the situation at hand.” said Head Coach Shari Bryan.

The Bears (5-16, 3-6) will face the Saints of Hillsdale in pool play at the ACCA National Tournament in Joplin, MO on Thursday, November 1st at 2:00 PM CST.

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 – 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.