CU is making final preparations to host the 2020 MCCC Volleyball Tournament October 30,31. A limited number of tickets have already been distributed due to COVID19 guidelines. We have a small number of tickets that remain. If you would like a ticket please email Jeanette.firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and valid cell phone number to be considered. We will give the remaining tickets out to Calvary University students and staff. Masks are required in the building. Individual screening for COVID19 will be done on everybody who enters the building.
The Calvary Warriors battled the JV team from Ottawa University to a 3-1 loss on Saturday afternoon in the final 2020 regular season match. The Warriors will now face Manhattan Christian College in the first round of the Midwest Christian College Conference Tournament at 5:30 pm Friday night at home.
“We played a very talented, well balanced Ottawa team today,” Warrior Head Coach Josh Johnson said. “While I thought we put up a good match, it wasn’t our best effort and we had some difficulty serving today. We showed some frustration on the court, and when we did, Ottawa took advantage of it and they were all over the court getting to tough balls defensively. We fought back several times with small runs, but we couldn’t overcome their toughness today.” Today was Senior Day for Tori Veltkamp, stated Johnson! “Tori has been such a blessing to the school and to our program. I praise God for her. This week we need to have some good practices and fix some serving and offensive struggles. We will come out ready for the MCCC Tournament.”
The Lady Warriors fell Friday night to the Eagles from Faith Baptist Bible College. The Eagles rallied from a 1-2 deficit to defeat Calvary 18-25, 25-23, 27-25, 19-25, 14-16. With the loss, the Warriors fall to 5-7 on the season.
The Warriors and Eagles had met earlier in the 2020 season in Ankeny, IA with Faith sweeping Calvary 3-0. CU was out for a little revenge as the two teams took the court at The Pyramid Athletic Center.
“We had some great contributions from a lot of different players tonight,” Warrior Head Coach Josh Johnson said. “I am proud of this team and how they responded with joy. This match was about desire. Sets two and three were all out battles. At the end we got a little tired and got frustrated at a couple of calls and didn’t quite finish it.”
Hannah Davidson led the Warriors with 20 kills and 25 digs on the night. Tori Veltkamp continues to run the offense efficiently and finished with 35 assists. Leah Grady contributed 11 kills, with five blocks. Grady added 35 digs to power the Warriors defensively as the team was so close to capturing a dramatic home win. “Leah has had a tough year coming back from the ACL tear,” stated Johnson. “It has been a battle, and she’s nearing the top of the mountain. She’s really coming through in the clutch for us. This is her first year playing in the back row and it has been a blessing to have her in that role.”
Next up, the Warriors will be on the road next Tuesday for a match in Nevada, MO against Cottey College.
The Warrior volleyball team looked poised to challenge NCCAA powerhouse Manhattan Christian Tuesday night in Kansas City. The Thunder had other plans as their team stormed back to snap the Warriors momentum 0-3. With the loss, the Warriors fall to 5-6 on the season.
“Credit to Manhattan as they battled back after our run and served very well,” Warrior Head Coach Josh Johnson said. “They capitalized on some brief lapses we had with our serving, and turned the momentum of the match. Hopefully we learned some important lessons from this loss as we continue our season.”
The Warriors came into the match after going 2-1 in competition last week with victories over Barclay College, and Spurgeon College. Manhattan Christian entered Tuesday’s match with a 10-2 record, having won against Barclay College last week as well.
“Lindee and Hannah were big contributors tonight on the outside, Johnson said. “They each had some big swings for us. I think our team also proved tonight that defense has become a strength after working extremely hard to improve. The weakness we need to improve on in the next few practices would be our serving and serve receive inconsistencies. The turning point in the match came when our receivers faced their tough float server. She helped Manhattan run off about six straight points with her tough serving.”
“With the ups and downs this season has brought with Covid-19, it has sometimes been hard to find the connection we need as a team, setter Tori Veltkamp said. Last weekend and today we clearly started seeing what we can achieve. There has been so much growth.”
Next up, the Warriors return home on Friday night as they welcome Faith Baptist to the Pyramid Athletic Center.
Calvary University is pleased to announce the official addition of Cross Country as the fifth and sixth programs in the Calvary Athletic Department. Coach Benjamin Hill will take the helm of both programs in a volunteer capacity. He is excited to build the programs and compete at the NCCAA level in the fall.
Benjamin Hill is no novice to endurance sports. He understands what it takes to mentally and
physically condition in order to be successful as an athlete. He competed both in distance races and in strongman
events from 2010–2015 across the Midwest.
His belief is that victory comes from the action steps taken to grow and
improve day-by-day. Growing leads to
wins, and this is his encouragement to his athletes as the first Head Cross-Country
Coach for the Calvary Warriors. “Do you not know that those who run in a
race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a
way that you may win” (1 Corinthians 9:14).
Prior to joining Calvary, Coach Hill started as a
dual-enrolled student at Calvary in 2007.
Upon training in distance running and strength conditioning at MCC–Longview,
he graduated in 2011 and then returned to Calvary. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Biblical
Studies with a Greek emphasis in 2015. He
will be finishing his master’s degree in Bible and Theology at Calvary in May
Coach Hill grew up in South Kansas City, Missouri, where
most of his family still lives. He
resides with his wife, Rebecca, and his newborn baby girl, Julia, within
running distance of the campus.