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.
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.
Joplin, MO – With the MCCC Tournament three weeks away, the Bears traveled to Ozark Christian College for an attempt to improve their seeding. However, their second meeting with the Ambassadors ended in the same fashion as their first, with a straight set loss.
“Defensively we were slow on our feet. Made too many unforced errors at the net and you just can’t do that against a good team like Ozark,” said Head Coach Shari Bryan.
Ozark Christian came out in the first set like a top caliber team that they are and won the set 25-13. In the second set, behind superb serving, the Bears went stride for stride with the Ambassadors but fell just short, losing the set 19-25. The third set was similar to the first with the Ambassadors winning 25-14 to end the match.
The Bears (3-10, 1-5) play at NAIA Central Christian College (McPherson, KS) at 7:00 PM CST before they take a week off and then play at Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) on October 9th.
Moore, OK – On Tuesday, September 25th, the Barclay College Bears Volleyball team traveled to Hillsdale Free Will Baptist for a rematch against the Saints. The Bears had been beat earlier in the month by the Saints and were looking for a win against the NCCAA Southwest Region competitor. As the first set began, the Bears jumped out to a quick 8-3 lead before the Saints bounced back with strong serving to pull it close and eventually take the set 25-19. The Saints continued with their strong serving to win the second set as well, 25-11. The third set was close throughout with both teams fighting hard for the win. With the help of Sophomore Megan Eby’s (Arlington, WA) thee aces, the Bears hung tough with the Saints, but the Saints were able to finish out the set 25-21. The Bears were led by Junior Sarah Sullivan (San Antonio, TX) and Eby with 6 kills a piece. Sophomore Dani Gressel (South Haven, KS) pitched in with 8 digs. While Sophomore setter Kalyn Switzer (Weatherford, OK) had 11 assists. The Bears (3-9, 1-4) will be in action again Friday night against MCCC rival Ozark Christian in Joplin, MO at 7:00 PM CST.