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Warriors Fly Past Eagles

Warriors Fly Past Eagles

The Warrior volleyball team came out fast and rallied late in the first set to win, and then carried that momentum into sets two and three to sweep Faith Baptist Bible College 3-0 on Saturday in Ankeny, IA.   With the win, the Warriors improve to 11-7 on the season. 

“Faith came ready to play and they were hungry to win on Homecoming weekend,” Warrior Head Coach Josh Johnson said. “Our serve really got us the lead and shifted momentum back our way when we needed it. Defensively we were able to play well, and we just kept playing until we found ways to score.”  Earlier this season, the Warriors and Eagles battled in Kansas City with the Eagles earning a 3-1 road win.

In set one, Calvary came out fast with great all-around play.  Towards the end of set one the Eagles went on a 1-8 run to tie the score at 23-23.  Coach Johnson called a timeout to try to stop the momentum and the Warriors regrouped to win 25-23. 

The important hold in set one swung momentum in the Warriors favor and it showed as the team stormed out to a lead in set two. Leah Grady was dominant on the front line as she totaled 13 kills with only three hitting errors.  Her 53% attack percentage helped push the lead.   Faith tried to answer back but the Warriors wouldn’t be denied as a kill by Kolbie Krempges helped the team take a 2-0 lead with a 25-14 win in set two. 

With a sweep on their minds, the Warriors again came out strong in the third set thanks to great serving. After a pair of kills by Allie Edwards and Elle Davis the Warriors led by three and looked to build a big lead once again. The Eagles had other plans as they battled back to take their first lead of the day. 

Davis then provided a big spark for the Warriors followed by a four-point run for Calvary as the team took the lead for good. The Eagles stayed tough and tried to mount one last rally, but the Warriors wouldn’t be denied as they won the set 25-20 and the match 3-0. 

“We have seen this season that we can play very well at times, but we can also be inconsistent,” Coach Johnson said. “If we can play our style we’ll be very competitive going forward.” 

The Warrior defense held the Eagles to a team attack percentage of 0% throughout the day.  It was a huge key for the sweep.  The Warrior serving attack totaled thirteen aces to the Eagles two. 

Miriam McCubbin and Kolbie Krempges led the defensive effort with thirteen digs a piece.   Amber Northrop finished with 26 assists on the day.   Grady finished with thirteen kills while Elle Davis and Kolbie Krempges combined for eleven kills in the win.

Next up, the Warriors will be home again on Tuesday night as the team welcomes Manhattan Christian. 

Warriors Fly Past Eagles

Calvary Tops Barclay 3-1

Another win is in the books as the Warriors defeated rival Barclay College 3-1 on Friday night. The Pyramid was full of fans wanting to be there to support their Lady Warriors. The Warriors gave the fans their money’s worth today. CU improved to 4-0 on the season with the win.

In the first and second sets, the Warriors started with big serves and gained momentum with some big swings from Leah Grady. Elle Davis, Haley Arneson, Mickenzie Rairdon, and Alli Edwards all teamed together to help Grady control the front line. The Warriors played very well throughout both sets.   They won both sets, 25-16 and 25-19.

The third set didn’t fare so well for the Warriors. Calvary struggled with a few of their serves and started with multiple errors in the net or out of bounds. In the end, the Warriors couldn’t overcome the Bear’s momentum losing 16-25, still up 2-1 in the match.

The Warriors fought in the fourth set as they built another significant lead. Alli Edwards started CU off strong in serving. Arneson and Rairdon did a great job on the attack in the final set. The Warriors went on to win the set 25-17 for a 3-1 victory.

For the match, Calvary finished with a 2.02 ranking on serve receive, while Barclay finished with a 1.43. This serve receive effort gave Calvary a significant advantage to push through for the win.

Warriors Fall ’21 Men’s Basketball Update

Warriors Fall ’21 Men’s Basketball Update

Warriors Fall ’21 Men’s Basketball Update

Athletic Director Jeanette Regier interviews Men’s Basketball Coach Matt Sanders on the highlights and difficulties of the Calvary University Warriors Fall 2021 Men’s Basketball Season as the team prepares for the remainder of the season in Spring 2022.
Coleson Voran Running at NCCAA National Meet

Coleson Voran Running at NCCAA National Meet

Coleson Voran is a Business Major (Sports Management Emphasis) at Calvary University, and he is excited see where the Lord directs him to go after his college experience is over.  He is now competing in his sophomore seasons as a cross country and basketball student athlete.  Today he represents Calvary University at The NCCAA National Cross-Country Meet in Joplin, MO. 

Coleson grew up in Alaska.  He was athletic as a child and loved running trails.  He ran his first race during 8th grade with the cross-country team at his school.  It was easy to do this because of the small school he attended and because the coach and runners on the team all knew his abilities.    His mother always encouraged him to run cross country and Coleson is grateful for that encouragement through the years.  He feels her encouragement is an important reason he is where he is today. 

He went on into high school and had a successful athletic career.  In cross country, a highlight for him was qualifying for the State Cross Country Meet as a Junior.  He finished 14th against a lot of big schools and had a personal record during that meet of 17:21 (5K).  He went on to finish a smaller State Cross Country Meet in 3rd place during his Senior season which was another highlight.    Coleson’s high school coach Hiedi Wilder was an impactful person in Coleson’s life.  She continues to be one of the hardest working women he knows.  She would always run with her teams and invested a lot of time and energy into building Coleson into the runner he is today.

After high school, Coleson was recruited to play basketball and felt God’s call on his life to attend Calvary University as a student athlete.  “Calvary has helped me to grow in the Lord,” stated Voran.  “This is where I will continue to Grow in Him.”  Coleson has been an integral part of the basketball team for two years now and loves everything about sports at Calvary.  He decided last year to become a dual sport athlete and to add Cross Country to his collegiate sporting goals because of the encouragement from his basketball  teammates.

He loves running cross country because of the simplicity of it.  “If runners work hard they will run faster,” stated Voran.   “Either a runner is mentally tough or not.”   Earlier this year his PR at the 8K distance was fast enough to qualify for the NCCAA National Cross Country Meet.  He will get to race against the fastest runners in the country at our level.  Coleson has been working hard with Calvary coach Tyler Cheslik to prepare him to run his best race.

Coleson is very clear about his goals for today.  He wants to represent Jesus Christ and show others that hard work pays off.  He wants to work as hard as he can and leave the results to God.  Coleson is grateful to have the opportunity to be the first cross country runner to ever compete in the NCCAA National Meet wearing a Calvary uniform.  “Representing Calvary University is a gift,” stated Voran.   “I love having the chance to get out there and rep.”

Coleson is thankful for his coach Tyler Cheslik.  “Tyler has his own racing goals, yet he is willing to sacrifice and to push me”, stated Voran.  “His sacrifice is making me better.” 

Coleson Voran is an outstanding student-athlete that is making an impact on our campus at Calvary in many ways!    Let’s Go Coleson!  #BattleTogether

Warriors Finish in Third

Warriors Finish in Third

The Warriors picked up a third-place finish in the MCCC Tournament this weekend as the team defeated Central Christian College 4-1 on Saturday afternoon in Ankeny, IA.   

“It’s good to get a win like this,” Warrior Head Coach Jayke Maples said. “We worked so hard this season and we truly have grown.” The Warriors came into the match on the heels of a heartbreaking 1-2 loss to the Faith Eagles in the conference semifinals yesterday.  As the team took the pitch against the Saints, they looked to get the 3rd place finish to finish their season on a positive note.

From the opening kickoff, the Warriors came out strong with good possession and passing which created lanes to score. The team was able to continually pressure the Saints net and broke into the scoring column when Cobi Keel buried an absolute screamer in the net from 25 yards out.

The Warriors continued to possess the ball well as they outshot the Saints by a substantial margin in the opening half. Despite all the chances to score, the Warriors couldn’t add to their lead, and they went into halftime up 1-0. 

In the second half, the Warriors came out looking to stretch their lead.  Jeovany Castillo found the ball on the right side of the box.  He took on a defender and rifled the ball across the six-yard line to find a sliding Bayron Mendez who found the back of the net to go up 2-0.   

Soon after that second goal, Keel played the ball to Mendez on the left and Bayron saw the open net and he tucked it away to secure his brace as CU went up 3-0. The Saints tried to claw their way back into the game and answered the Warrior goals with a nice goal off a deflection.  That was the last goal Calvary would allow, however.   The Warriors dug in their heels defensively as Kobe Borden played well on the backline to turn aside opportunities.

The Warriors weren’t quite done on the scoring side as the game was winding down.  Keel played a through ball in and found Wade Smith who finessed the ball past the keeper to secure his first career goal.  As a result, the Warriors came away with a 4-1 victory thanks to a great performance by the team. 

“I am grateful that God gave me a group of guys with coachable attitudes in my first season here”, stated Maples.  It has made the season so enjoyable.  They did everything I asked for and more.  We are building something special here and look forward with anticipation!”