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Warriors Win in Ellendale

Warriors Win in Ellendale

The Calvary Warriors left Ellendale, ND with a victory over the Trinity Bible College Lions on Saturday. The Warriors has a strong start to the game, scoring 27 points in the first quarter. “We knew going into the game we would have to work together and build a strong lead right away in order to win,” said Coach Tressa Shoemaker. Calvary carried their momentum from the first quarter into the second quarter by utilizing a strong full court press. The Warriors pressure caused the Lions to turn the ball over 13 times, while the Warriors came away with 15 steals by the end of the game. The Warriors put up another 17 points in the second quarter to go into halftime with a strong lead over the Lions.

A slow start to the second half for the Warriors allowed Trinity to cut the lead down to eight points in the third quarter. However, CU’s strong full court press proved to be too much for Trinity, and the Warriors came out of the game with a 72-60 victory. “It took the entire team working together communicating and encouraging each other,” Coach Shoemaker stated. “I am proud of the girls for staying mentally tough and we will use this to keep building for the future.” The Lady Warriors were led by Taylor Hunter with 25 points, Anna Holloway added 13 points, and Avery Kornstad contributed 10. Shalom Sutcliffe and Hunter both finished the game with five steals each.

The Warriors will next play Central Christian College in Moberly, MO on the 21st.

Warriors with Improbable Comeback Win

Warriors with Improbable Comeback Win

With two minutes remaining in the game, the Calvary Warriors were down ten points to the Trinity Bible College Lions Saturday afternoon. The Warriors battled back from behind in the final minutes with clutch three point shooting from Braydon Unruh to tie the game. The momentum of the Warriors was impossible for Trinity to overcome in overtime, and CU came away with a hard-nosed 90-78 victory in Ellendale, ND. “This was one of the best comebacks of my career,” said Coach Sanders. The Warriors had a slow start to the game, falling behind the Lions in the first few moments of the game. But with great contributions from the Warriors bench, they were able to battle back and even the score before going into halftime with a 36-28 lead. 

Calvary once again had a slow start to the second half, falling behind the Lions early on. “One of the themes of this trip was being mentally tough enough to win on long road trips and in hostile environments,” said Coach Sanders. “We did that today.” The Warriors refused to let down, battling from behind once more to win the game in overtime. “Our resilience got us back into the game,” stated guard Ques Harris. “Ultimately it led us to the victory today.”

Braydon Unruh led the team with 30 points, Unruh was 6/12 from beyond the arc and contributed six rebounds to the cause. Jax Bell shot 7/11 from the field and finished with 14 points while his fellow forward Zeb Green finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.

The Warriors will next play Central Christian College on the 21st in Moberly, MO.

Warriors Get Victory in Canada

Warriors Get Victory in Canada

The Warriors came out strong from the start and never looked back as Calvary won their first game in Canada with a 79-65 victory over the Providence University College Pilots. 

“It was a war out there tonight,” Head Coach Matt Sander said. “Our guys really endured a lot of contact on every possession.  This allowed PUC to stay close as the game went on, but it also caused us to have to battle through some really tough situations and still be mentally tough enough to do what it took to win the game.” 

Calvary won the only matchup between the two North Region opponents last year when Providence made the trek down to Kansas City.  The Warriors wanted to show how they had matured over the last year and are now able to win tough games on the road.

“This was a huge win for our team,” guard Jay Lems said.  “We battled through a ton of adversity during the game.”

“Our defense improved as the game went along,” Sanders said. “For the most part, we did a great job of communicating and closing out on shooters and not giving up many open looks. The key for us tonight was that we were able to get contributions from a lot of people. It was a total team effort and I’m proud of the way we played.” 

With the win, the Warriors move to 3-2 on the season and will be back in action Saturday afternoon as they play Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, ND.

Warriors Win in Five Sets

Warriors Win in Five Sets

Another win is in the books as The Warriors defeated rival Barclay College 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.  The Warriors gave the fans their money’s worth today.  The Pyramid was full of fans that were wanting to be there to support Esther Schwarze for her Senior Day.    

 The first set didn’t fare so well for the Warriors. “We struggled with a few of their servers,” stated Head Coach Ashley Spicer.  The team started out with multiple errors in the net or out of bounds. Still, the Warriors remained within striking distance as Barclay led 15-14. The Warriors weren’t able to overcome the Bears momentum at the end of the set losing 25-16 going down 0-1 in the match.

In the second set, the Warriors started with the serve and gained momentum with some big swings from Esther Schwarze.  Anna Holloway, and Tori Veltkamp both helped control the front line.  An uncontested kill from Holloway set the Warriors on fire. The Warriors continued their run before forcing Barclay to call a timeout.  The timeout couldn’t slow CU as they were in a huge battle that eventually led to a 27-25 Calvary win. 

The third set was another thriller as points went back and forth. Esther Schwarze and Anna Holloway kept the Warriors in the lead with powerful kills as CU held the upper hand in a tight set. Serving was a big boost in this set with Jenny Her getting three important aces during important times to preserve momentum.  The Warriors built a 26-25 advantage and got a huge 27-25 win off of a great side-out play.

The Bears came clawing back in the fourth set as they built a large lead 15-5.  “We had numerous unforced errors at the net towards the beginning of that set,” stated Spicer.  “We didn’t give ourselves much of a chance to fight back when we made unforced errors at the net.”  Spicer called timeouts and the Warriors had some answers, but momentum went to Barclay and they never relinquished it winning 25-13.

After the humbling fourth set, the Warriors fought hard against Barclay to take a lead coming out in the decisive fifth set.  Schwarze started CU off strong in serving.  Holloway did a great job on the attack in the final set with six kills and an attack percentage of 42%.  The set was extremely close. The Warrior faithful went crazy as Holloway ended some magnificent points with emphatic kills.   Holloway finished the match with a kill as the Warriors won 15-13 to win the match 3-2. 

“This was a good growth game for us because it did push us,” Coach Spicer said. “Barclay beat us earlier this season.  It is always good to turn things around.  Jenny had a great match for us, holding our defense together in order to keep our front row in system.” 

Anna Holloway and Esther Schwarze led the Warriors with 19 and 9 kills respectively Jenny Her protected the team with 22 digs.  The Warriors begin play in The MCCC Tournament next Friday in Haviland, KS.

Second Half Surge helps Calvary Blank Barclay

Second Half Surge helps Calvary Blank Barclay

After a disappointing loss on the 15th, the Calvary Warriors held a clean sheet Friday afternoon as the team defeated Barclay College 3-0 in Kansas City, MO.  With the win, the Warriors improve to 5-7 on the season.  Ethan Zeeryp finished the game with his third shutout of the year.

“Our guys played great today as a team,” Warrior Head Coach Daniel Nichols said. “It was good to have some patience offensively in the attacking third.  We had 29 shots to their three.”  “Today’s game was hard-fought,” said Senior Noah Wittenbach.  “I am so proud of the team for honoring our seniors and the Lord with the win today.”

In the opening minutes, the Warriors were able to move the ball towards the Barclay net thanks to some good combination play. The Warriors seemed poised as they controlled possession and found open players. Oscar Palafox had a shot glance off the crossbar and barely miss at the ten-minute mark.  The only goal of the first half was scored by Palafox a few minutes later when he fired a shot that found the top corner of the net off an assist from Noah Wittenbach at the 17-minute mark. The Warriors led 1-0 at the break. 

During halftime, the team honored all five Calvary seniors for the impact they have had on the program during their time at CU.  Masaki Ouch (3 years), Noah Wittenbach (4 years), Micah Wildasin (3 years), Josh Tomlinson (2 years), and Ian Montgomery (2 years).

The Warriors came out in the second half looking to increase their lead but were sluggish at the start.  They slowly regained some momentum and in the 63rd minute, Palafox was able to play the ball past the goalie off a punt assist from Zeeryp.  The third goal of the day came after Barclay cleared a ball out in the 84th minute.  Ian Montgomery was able to put a screamer into the back of the net from 35 feet out for his first career goal.  This was the exclamation point on the shutout as the Warriors defeated the Bears 3-0.    

“Chris ODaniels was terrific for us today,” Nichols said. “He went from Center Mid to Stopper and did a great job of stopping Barclay’s offensive threats and setting up his teammates.”

Friday’s win was a big confidence booster for the Warriors.  Next up, CU will be back in action on the 31st as they begin play in the Midwest Christian College Conference Tournament.