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Calvary Tops Concordia

Calvary Tops Concordia

Calvary University Men’s Soccer went into Saturday’s game looking to win and did just that coming out with a 3-0 victory against Concordia Seminary.  From the opening moments of the game, the Warriors showed the improvements that they had been working on in last week’s practices. “This week in practice we highlighted passing the ball out of pressure instead of dribbling into pressure,” said Coach Josh Henderson. “That definitely showed in today’s game.” “We had some good chemistry on offense today,” stated Senior midfielder Masaki Ouchi. The Warriors took control of the ball from the start of the game, pressing the ball up the field. In the 4th minute, Clay Williams shot the ball into the back of the net off of an intercepted pass to put the Warriors up 1-0.

The Warriors continued to be relentless with good ball movement from defense to offense to put themselves in scoring position. “Micah Wildasin made an impact on the game by pushing the ball up into the attack and supporting the attack,” said Coach Henderson. “Josh Tomlinson, Ian Montgomery, and Chris O’Daniels did a fantastic job in the middle of the field intercepting and distributing the ball as well.”  In the 26th minute, Calvary increased the score once again. Clay Williams assisted Oscar Palafox who advanced the ball into the goalkeeper box and fired a shot into the upper 90. This put the Warriors up 2-0 heading into the half.  

The Warriors carried their momentum into the second half, continuing their improved ball movement and attacks. In the 60th minute, Oscar Palafox crossed the ball from the right flank to Clay Williams who had an impressive header into the goal. This put the Warriors up 3-0 over Concordia. By the end of the game, Ethan Zeeryp had recorded his first clean sheet of the season with eight saves. The defense of the Warriors was also outstanding throughout the entire game, allowing the Warriors a final score of 3-0. “We were excellent in passing, communication, and movement off the ball,” said Head Coach Daniel Nichols. “It was encouraging to see our improvement on the field today.”

The Warriors will next be at home Tuesday afternoon against Union College. 

Warriors Win Third in a Row

Warriors Win Third in a Row

The Lady Warriors stalled briefly, but the team bounced right back as they defeated the Faith Eagles 3-1 to win their 3rd straight match to improve to 5-6 this season.

“We were able to gain an advantage with our serve receive,” Warriors Head Coach Ashley Spicer said. “We had three reception errors, but were able to force them into eighteen reception errors.  That helped us do a good job of coming back to take it in four.” 

The Lady Warriors were coming off a three-set sweep on Tuesday night as the team picked up their first home win of the season against Kansas Christian College. The Eagles came out strong at the start of the match as the first set was extremely close before Faith edged Calvary 27-29.   
 
In the second set, the Warriors had been challenged in the huddle about the crucial six serving errors and the inconsistent passing that had caused them to lose set one. The team came out determined to fix their serving and defense, and they did in a strong way.  Kennedy Shelton had her best serving game tonight and led the team with seven aces. Esther Schwarze was just one behind when the smoke died down from the evening with six aces.  The Warriors wouldn’t be denied as they took the 2nd set 25-12. 

The Warriors continued to make adjustments and charged ahead in the third set. Although the Eagles made several short runs, the Warriors continued to maintain a comfortable lead. The third set was clinched as the Warriors took it 25-18.  


With victory within their grasp in set four Calvary faltered a bit, The Eagles jumped out and took an early 5-15 lead. “In the fourth set Faith came out with some strong servers and adjusted their defense, which threw us out of rhythm. It took some aggressive front row attacks and serving runs to gain our momentum back,” said Coach Spicer.  In the end great passing, improved offensive timing, and solid serving led Calvary to a 25-23 victory.  

“In earlier matches this season we weren’t as efficient at fixing our play,” Coach Spicer said. “Tonight I felt like we adjusted really well after serving poorly in set one. We did an excellent job of limiting touches for Emmy Caves in their back row.  Caves does a tremendous job of passing the ball for them and again I want to give our servers credit for that.”

Anna Holloway led the Warriors with 18 kills while Leah Grady and Tori Veltkamp followed with 17 and 10 kills respectively.  Leah had a special night statistically as her attack percentage reached a high of 44 percent.  

Anna Holloway and Jenny Her led Calvary defensively with 20 and 17 digs on the night.  


The team will be back in action tomorrow as they travel to Dubuque, IA to face off against Emmaus Bible College and Moody Bible Institute. 

Calvary’s Volleyball Team to Host Youth Volleyball Program

Calvary’s Volleyball Team to Host Youth Volleyball Program

Women’s Volleyball Team partners with local recreation center to reach kids.

Calvary University’s Women’s Volleyball team is partnering with Belton Parks and Recreation to run a youth volleyball program called Little Diggers. Kevin Goodman, High Blue Wellness’s Recreational Manager, will be heading the program, with the cooperative efforts of the Calvary team. Little Diggers is designed for “1st and 2nd graders who would like to get a jump on learning the basic skills before entering the 3rd and 4th grade recreational volleyball league.” Calvary’s team will be training the students and investing in our local community.

Coach Ashley Spicer is optimistic about the opportunity her team has to serve and build up young athletes. She said, “We’ve been looking for way for Calvary to partner with the community when we met Kevin Goodman. We asked him what his needs were, and he said that he needs workers and would love for our college athletes to help build and start programs for young athletes in the Belton community.”

Spicer pointed out that lower grade sports programs are rare, and Calvary’s partnership with Belton Parks and Recreation will help to fill that need. Esther Schwarze, who plays Right Side on the volleyball team, expressed excitement “because of the opportunity to influence these young players and show them the love of Christ. I enjoy working with kids so this is a perfect situation to combine my love for volleyball and children.”

Participating students and their families will be invited to attend Calvary’s volleyball home games. For more information or to register, visit http://teamsideline.com/belton.

Warriors Top Ozark in 5-set Thriller

Warriors Top Ozark in 5-set Thriller

Calvary University Volleyball came out of a 5-set thriller with a win in Joplin, MO, over Ozark Christian College. The Lady Warriors had an excellent start to the game, coming out of the first set with a 25-21 victory. The Ozark Ambassadors had an answer for the Warriors, taking the next two sets 25-21, and 25-23. “The first set started out with high energy and focus,” said Coach Ashley Spicer. “We played tough the next two sets, but it wasn’t until the fourth set that we had an answer for Ozarks hitters.”

Going into the fourth set, Ozark had the momentum with a 2-1 lead over Calvary. The Warriors made adjustments to their defense and came out of the 4th set with a narrow 28-26 victory to take the match to a fifth set.”They played through pain and kept their focus on their serves,” said Coach Spicer. “Our aggressive serving is what kept our momentum going.” The Ambassadors were unable to find an answer for the Lady Warriors serves and hits, and the Lady Warriors came out of the fifth set with a 15-8 victory. 

Jenny Her led the way with 35 digs followed by Anna Holloway with 24 of her own. The Warriors also had a star performance from Leah Grady who came out of the game with 5 solo blocks. The Warriors serving proved to be a difference maker with 8 aces as a team in the 3-2 victory. “We did a good job keeping an even tempo with our serves and communication,” said Anna Holloway. “We stayed really positive anytime we had trouble and we kept our ‘fix-it’ mentality throughout the entire game.” 

The Lady Warriors will next travel to Ellendale, ND to take on both Trinity Bible College, and Dakota College at Bottineau in a Tri-match on Friday.

 

 

Warriors Win 3-0

Warriors Win 3-0

Calvary University Volleyball won their first match of the season with an impressive 3-0 sweep over Union College Tuesday night. “Practice this week was focused on serves and serve receive,” said Coach Ashley Spicer. “It really showed against Union. We had our best serving percentage of the season tonight.” In the opening set, both teams came out fighting to gain momentum. The Lady Warriors were able to gain the advantage with smart plays and by excellent kills, winning the set 25-20.

In the next two sets, both teams fought hard, but Calvary was able to continue their momentum with excellent serving and improving their overall hitting percentage. Despite Union’s attempts to come back, Calvary finished 27-25 in both of the final two sets. Both Leah Grady and Tori Veltkamp were difference makers, leading with 6 kills each. Anna Holloway also led the team with 4 aces, 2 solo blocks, and 20 digs.

The Lady Warriors will next travel to Haviland, Kansas to take the court against Barclay College on Friday.

Union Tops Calvary 0-2

Union Tops Calvary 0-2

The Warriors were looking to continue the momentum from last weeks win over Barclay College when they faced Union College Tuesday night in Lincoln, Nebraska. Instead, the Warriors came up short losing 0-2. Calvary started the game strong. They created a few good scoring opportunities in the opening minutes of the game, almost taking an early lead with a shot on a goal by Noah Wittenbach. “We battled and fought very hard in the first half,” said Coach Daniel Nichols. “We especially did a good job transitioning the ball from defense to offense.” Union College took a 1-0 lead over Calvary scoring off a rebound in the 25th minute.

The Warriors had a strong start to the second half once again. Despite creating good scoring opportunities, the Warriors were unable to find the back of the net. Calvary’s limited bench played a factor in the second half, with Union getting strong play from their bench in the second half. Union scored their second goal of the game off of an intercepted pass extending the lead to 0-2. “I was really encouraged by the effort that the guys put forth tonight.” Coach Nichols said.

Calvary will look to rebound this Friday at home against Nebraska Christian College.