By JESSE SHEPPARD, reporter Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
The 2018 Volleyball season has concluded with Sterling ranked fifth in the KCAC (Kansas Collegiate Athletics Conference). The team won its championship game against York, but was unable to defeat the University of Saint Mary in the tournament quarterfinals. They finished the season with seventeen wins and fifteen losses overall.
With the season over, the volleyball seniors took a moment to reflect on their season. Kristen Calderwood, a senior majoring in biology and a defensive specialist for the volleyball team enjoyed her final season at Sterling.
“I think this season was the best one we’ve had while I’ve been at Sterling,” Calderwood said, “We had a couple tough games, but we ended up in the top half of the conference. It was definitely a season to remember.”
Calderwood said that the team has genuinely impacted her throughout her years at Sterling.
“They [Calderwood’s teammates] have challenged me to be more outgoing, taught me how to maturely handle conflict, demonstrated incredible work ethic, and shown me love and grace in action. I am a much better person because of them,” she said.
Alexandra Reid is a senior Exercise Science major and a defensive specialist for Sterling College Volleyball. She is the all-time career leader in digs at Sterling College with 1,749 career digs. She is ranked fifteenth in NAIA Division 1 for total digs with 700 digs in the 2018 season. Reid said that the 2018 season had been challenging but strong.
“We had a rough start, but we got better as the season went on. We always fought hard even when things didn’t go our way, and [we] finished fifth in conference,” Reid said, “Out of my four years, this was my favorite team because we all got along, which made our team have great chemistry.”
Caitlyn Wood is a senior Athletic Training Major and four-time team manager for Sterling Volleyball. Wood was impressed with how the team challenged each other to grow this year, noting that some women have improved immensely over the past year.
“She [Breanne Akiu] is only a sophomore but she has grown so much both as a player and a woman. Her skill level and confidence on the court has improved so much. She is good on the court both mentally and physically. I cannot wait to see the player she turns into,” Wood said.
Wood reflects on the year with hope for the promising talent she witnessed this season.
“We had a lot of new great talent that will be good in future seasons once it is pushed to grow. I hope to see people grow and pushed outside their boundaries,” she said, “I have faith in the coaching staff and the team.”
The Sterling College junior varsity volleyball team hosted Barclay College Tuesday and won 3-1. This was their second time playing and winning against Barclay, and their third win of the season.
“At the beginning of the game, we weren’t playing at our full potential. We won the first two sets, then lost the third one, which made our team get really competitive,” freshman Alexis Carmichael said. “We fought back during the 4th game, and at the end our confidence grew and we were able to win the game.”
Junior Madaline Carr also felt proud of her team and thankful for how their examples keep her positive and keep her striving throughout the game. After the game, she was able to see areas they could improve upon.
“I think that Barclay provided us with a good challenge,” she said. “I think my team blocked well, and we made a lot of great hustle plays to come out on top. But, I would like to see my team work on communicating better and continuing to be brave in tough circumstances.”
Junior varsity coach Tamara Heitschmidt was proud her team didn’t let the third match defeat them and how they were able to comeback in the final match. She said she felt the game showed evidence of what they’d been working on in practice.
“Our middle hitters are doing a better job of being an option on every play. Getting them in the air early and trusting the setters to get them the ball. We are working on increasing the trust all the way around,” Heitschmidt said. “I feel like we saw a bit more of that tonight against Barclay. Whatever role that was given to them, they each put their signature on it.”
The varsity volleyball team hosted St. Mary’s University following the junior varsity game Tuesday and lost 3-0. This was not their first loss, but they have won nine games so far.
“I am disappointed on how our team confronted University of St. Mary because I know our team could have beat them,” senior Alexandra Reid said. “Sterling fought at some points during the game but experienced a lot of pressure. We were not playing confidently and were scared to make mistakes. After each set, we all came together on what we needed to work on and how to play better in each set. We tried to remain as positive as possible as the game did not go our way. To be honest, this was a horrible game so it is hard for me to respond about it.”
Though the game was a tough loss for them, varsity coach John Harding noticed the women’s competitiveness and improvements.
“I was a little disappointed in how we started the match, but I was pleased with our resiliency and the way we kept fighting to the end. Throughout the game, they made some good adjustments and continued to improve on some of the things we have been working on in practice the past few weeks. We have been working on running a faster offense and finishing games well. We showed some improvement in both areas tonight,” Harding said.
Harding also mentioned that there was a unique moment that was important for their team during the game.
“One moment that stands out is in the third set of the match when we asked our team to attack a defensive player on St. Mary’s Team that was struggling on defense,” he said. “They executed the plan very well, and it helped us catch up and take the lead for a while.”
Despite the score, both coaches felt that their teams improved during, and because of, these games. Both of them feel that a game and the season is more than wins and losses.
“This team is filled with amazing girls, and they all bring different strengths,” Heitschmidt said. “They have fun with each other while playing and they do a good job of remembering how lucky and blessed they are to be able to be a college athlete.”
In their final regular season game, the No. 16 Sterling College Warriors traveled to McPherson to take on the Bulldogs, in a game that was a battle for the entire 60 minutes. After being tied at the half, Sterling pulled away in the second half to beat the McPherson College Bulldogs 50-34 to become the 2017 KCAC Champions.
Sophomore Eric Butler finished with 324 passing yards, going 25 for 39 with a touchdown, adding five carries for 29 yards and a touchdown for Sterling. Sophomore Aaron Chisolm had a career game, leading the Warriors with 208 rushing yards on 21 carries, scoring four touchdowns for the Warriors. Sophomore Darryl Terrell added 117 receiving yards on 11 receptions and a touchdown, while junior Jordan Dye finished with four receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. The Warriors racked up a total of 573 yards of total offense on the day for the game.
Defensively, senior Swain Williams led Sterling with eight tackles and three pass break ups, while freshman Braden Scheulen added six tackles, including two for a loss. Sophomore Maurice Rucker finished with four tackles and two pass breaks ups, while seniors Kenya Edner, Dezmond Howard, and Dezmon Walker each forced a fumble in the victory. Senior Michael Winstead also connected on all six of his extra point attempts for the Warriors.
Sterling finishes the regular season 9-2 overall and with a KCAC record of 8-1 to earn the 2017 KCAC Championship, the second in school history. Sterling will battle against Morningside College in Soiux City, Iowa next Saturday in the first round of the NAIA College Football Championship Series.
Women’s Basketball – W vs Briar Cliff University 78-75/ L vs Central Methodist University 59-75
Opening day of the Warrior Classic, the Lady Warriors took on the Briar Cliff University Broncos. The game was closely contested all the way to the buzzer.
In the first half, neither team was able to get much separation. However, in the third quarter the Lady Warriors used a 29-point quarter to give them the largest lead of the game by 13 points. The Lady Broncos used a big fourth quarter to try to pull in close, but it wasn’t enough. The Lady Warriors would prevail win this one narrowly 78-75. The Lady Warriors used a balanced scoring effort to pace them finishing with 4 players in double digits.
Freshman Kylah Comley and senior Jordin Greer scored 19 points respectively and senior Kilee Harris and freshman Alexis Theus chipped in with 15 and 12 points.
On Saturday, the Lady Warriors squared off against the Lady Eagles of Central Methodist University. The Lady Warriors battled hard in this game, but it came down the making shots and getting defensive stops. A huge fourth quarter run by the Lady Eagles where they scored 26 points put this game out of reach. The Lady Warriors were defeated 59-75.
The Lady Warriors shot 0-11 from the three-point line and 38% from the field, as opposed to the Lady Eagles who shot 11-25 from three point range and 44% percent from the field. Senior Jessica Princ led the scoring efforts for Sterling with 20 points. While Harris tallied a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Lady Warriors are now 1-2 on the season, their next matchup is a home game Wednesday facing off against the Ottawa University Braves.
Men’s Basketball- L vs Concordia University 79-75/ L vs Hastings College 70-86
On Friday evening the Warriors faced off with the Bulldogs of Concordia University. The Warriors were defeated 79-75.
The matchup was an edgy contest based on runs. The Warriors struggled offensively early on and found themselves in a big hole down 22-8. But they stormed back, going on a 17-3 run in the final 12 minutes of the half to tie the game at 25-25.
In the second half, the Bulldogs would pull away again going up by as much as 21 points. But the Warriors went on another charge to pull within four in the final six minutes but it wasn’t enough. Junior Tim Hendrixson led the Warriors in scoring with 15 points off the bench.
Saturday, the Warriors battled the Broncos of Hastings College. The Broncos simply executed better, defended better and outworked the Warriors on the boards. The Warriors loss this one 70-86 in result.
This contest was lopsided from all but the first ten minutes. Both teams started the game slow with a bit of sloppy play. However, the Broncos would start hitting shots and create separation from the Warriors. The Warriors couldn’t keep the Broncos off the boards as the Broncos outrebounded the Warriors by 17 rebounds. Freshman Jamiah Windom Haynes led all Warrior scorers with 20 points while also garnering 5 rebounds. The Warriors are now 2-3, their next matchup is Wednesday at home against the Ottawa University Braves.
Volleyball – L vs Saint Mary 3-0, (25-18, 25-21, 25-17)
Sterling finished up the KCAC tournament against Saint Mary. The Lady Warriors and Spires battled it out, but Saint Mary would finish with the victory, defeating Sterling 3-0. (25-18, 25-21, 25-17) Chelsey Riffel (Jr. Sterling, KS) would finish with 13 kills for Sterling, followed by nine kills from Makenzie Cork (Sr. Safford, Ariz). Mikaela Wells (Jr. Haven, Kansas) finished with 27 assists, while Alexandra Reid (Jr. Pheonix, Ariz) added 15 kills for the Lady Warriors.
Sterling finished the season 15-18 overall with a KCAC record of 10-12, finishing seventh in the conference.
Nov. 4 – Football vs University of St. Mary – W 39-20
Saturday, the Warriors faced off against the Spires of The University of St. Mary. The Warriors came into this game on a two game winning streak and on a mission to beat the Spires in Leavenworth.
The Warriors led the entire game Saturday. The Warriors started the game with 26 unanswered points for a 26-0 lead at the end of the first half. In the second half it was more of the same.
Highlighted by stingy defense and efficient offense, the Warriors cruised to a 39-20 victory. Sophomore quarterback Eric Butler turned in a huge game for the Warriors with four touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns. Sophomore Darryl Terrell represented the Warriors with two touchdowns of his own Saturday as well.
The Warriors spoiled Senior Day for the Spires, and they look to have more of the same success against the McPherson College Bulldogs in McPherson on Nov. 11 at 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 4 – Volleyball vs University of St. Mary – L-9-25, 21-25, 20-25
The Lady Warriors traveled to Leavenworth, Kan. on Saturday to matchup with the Spires. The last matchup with the Spires the Lady Warriors won 3-0, but this time it was the complete opposite.
The first set was one sided—the Lady Warriors didn’t have an answer for the Spires losing 9-25. In the second set, the Lady Warriors showed a lot of energy and fight, but it wasn’t enough to win the set as they fell 21-25.
Lastly, in the third set, which would be the final set, the Spires controlled the set to finish the set 20-25. This was the last regular season game for the Lady Warriors as they prepare for the KCAC tournament.
Nov. 4 – Men’s JV Basketball vs Northwest All Stars – W 93-81 / Nov. 3 – Men’s JV Basketball vs Colby College – L 79-97
The JV Men’s basketball team traveled to Colby, Kan. for the Colby invitational tournament for the weekend. They split each game for a 1-1 record for the weekend.
In the first game, they matched up against Colby College. The game was capped by runs, the Warriors led the game by 10 points after the first half 57-47, but they couldn’t close the game as the Trojans charged back to win the game 97-79. Freshman Cameron Bluitt scored 22 to lead all scorers for the Warriors and freshman Sean Nordberg pitched in with 16.
In the second game, the Warriors squared off with the Northwest All-Stars. Except for a small exception of the game where the Warriors trailed, they cruised easily to a 93-81 win. Warriors scoring leaders were again Freshman Cameron Bluitt and Freshman Sean Nordberg with 17 and 15 respectively.
The next JV game will be at Barton County Community College on Wed., Nov. 8. at 7:30 p.m. The next varsity game will be the Warrior Classic at home against Concordia University on Friday, Nov. 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Nov. 3 – Women’s Basketball vs 6 College of the Ozarks – L 72-92
The Lady Warriors traveled to Point Lookout, MO. to face the Lady Bobcats of The College of Ozarks. The game was closely contested and competitive for most of this outing.
The first quarter ended 19-18 in favor of the Lady Bobcats. The Lady Bobcats extended their lead in the second and third quarters behind big 30 and 26 point quarters. The Lady Warriors were never able to overcome the early deficit and they ended up losing this one 92-72.
One major difference in this matchup was the ball control—the Lady Warriors had 24 turnovers in contrast to only six assists. The Lady Warriors had a balanced effort scoring wise, having four of their five starters in double figures. However, they struggled to get much contribution from their bench.
Freshman Kylah Comley scored 22 and grabbed 7 rebounds for the Lady Warriors and Senior Jordin Greer scored 17 points on 7 for 10 shooting.
Their next game will be the Warrior Classic hosted here at home against Briar Cliff University at 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 3 – Men’s Basketball vs University of Missouri-Kansas City – L 58-110
The Warriors traveled to Kansas City, MO on Friday to battle with the University of Missouri- Kansas City Roos in an exhibition game. From the start of the game, it was all UMKC.
The Warriors never seemed to adjust to the strength the Roos played with in this game. UMKC seemed bigger and faster all throughout the night and it showed with the Roos 51 rebounds and 36 free throw attempts.
The Warriors did some good things in this game defensively and rebounding wise, but it wasn’t enough in this blowout win for UMKC. The Warriors were led in scoring by junior Trey Dubbert with 12 points.
The Warriors will have a chance to make up for this loss quickly as they prepare for action against the Doane Tigers in Crete, Neb. on Monday at 6:00 p.m.
Football- vs. Ottawa University/ W-41-7 – 10/28/17
The Warriors capped their Senior Day off with a commanding victory over the Ottawa University Braves. The Warriors began strong, scoring 41-0 unanswered before the Braves got on the board.
Junior offensive lineman Nathan Hiatt scored the opening touchdown for Sterling on a one-yard carry and the Warriors never took their foot off the pedal. Sophomore Darryl Terrell followed the Hiatt touchdown up with two of his own in the first quarter, giving the Warriors a 21-0 lead. More dominance followed in the second and third quarters.
In the second quarter, senior Michael Winstead connected on a 23-yard field goal attempt to push the Sterling lead to 24-0 followed by a forced fumble by freshman Austin O’Toole on the following kickoff. The good field position led to an easy 4 yard touchdown ran in by junior Jordan Dye putting the Warriors up 31-0 in the second quarter. However, the lead would continue to flourish in the second quarter when Winstead connected on another field goal to end the half and establish a 34-0 lead over Ottawa.
Early in the third quarter, the Warriors would strike again when sophomore quarterback Eric Butler found junior wide receiver Greer Chandler in the end zone to extend the Sterling lead to 41-0. However, the Braves would bounce back with the touchdown to end the game 41-7.
The defensive efforts were paced by seniors Kenya Edner and Swain Williams with 14 and 9 tackles respectively. Seniors Sam Cusack and Ray Winfield also made big plays for defense both coming up with big interceptions for long returns. The Warriors are now 7-2 as they look to finish the season strong. They face The University of Saint Mary Spires on Nov. 3 in Leavenworth, Kan.
Volleyball- vs. Bethel College/ W-25-15,25-19,25-13–10/25/17
The Sterling College Lady Warriors took on the Bethel College Threshers for their final home match of the season on Wednesday for Senior Night. Sterling played strong from start to finish, earning the 3-0 victory over Bethel, (25-15, 25-19, 25-13).
Set one was all Sterling early on as the Lady Warriors jumped out to an early 10-3 lead. The Lady Warriors had a balanced attack using kills from senior Makenzie Cork, junior Chelsey Riffel and freshman Patti Delgadillo to pace the offense. Sterling got its energy on defense from senior Lena Wedel and Riffel.
In set two, both teams traded scores early, as Sterling led 11-10 midway through the set. Sterling took advantage of all the Bethel mistakes and capitalized. Bethel showed a lot of perseverance late in the set, but a 9-2 Lady Warrior run, sparked by kills from Cork, Delgadillo, Wedel, and junior Mikaela Wells, followed by an ace from freshman Eryn Bearden, would give Sterling the second set 25-19.
Sterling sustained the energy well into the third set taking an early 11-6 lead. An ace from junior Naomi Abeyta and kills from Cork, Delgadillo, and Wedel kept the Lady Warriors striving. Sterling took a commanding lead 18-10. The Lady Warriors would then cruise to victory, using kills from Riffel, blocks from Meffert and Delgadillo and an ace from freshman Carmin Butterworth, giving Sterling the 25-13 victory.
Men’s Soccer- vs. The University of Saint Mary/ W-2-0 – 10/28/17
The Sterling College Warriors squared off against the University of Saint Mary on Saturday for their final home match of the year and their Senior Day. The Warriors controlled the tempo all game with physical defense and pressure. They threw multiple looks at the Spires all Saturday so that they couldn’t get a rhythm.
The offense was led by senior midfielder Adriano Marques who scored the first goal for either team early on in the fourth minute. Marques also assisted on the only other Sterling score of the game by freshman midfielder Bence Ujvari. This win puts Sterling at 4-11 on the season. Their next matchup is against Bethany College on Halloween night in Lindsborg, Kan.
Women’s Soccer- vs. The University of Saint Mary/ Tied 1-1 (2OT) – 10/28/17
The Sterling College Lady Warriors hosted the University of Saint Mary Spires on Saturday afternoon for their Senior Day game. The Lady Warriors tied with the Lady Spires in a hard-fought match.
The Lady Warriors scored a goal off a bobbled save early on at the 6:35 mark, but they struggled to convert after that point. The Lady Spires didn’t get off to a hot start—whether it was missing open looks or not being able to advance the ball, the Lady Warriors made it tough on them. It wasn’t until the 42:30 until the Lady Spires got on the board with a goal.
Ninety minutes wasn’t enough to decide this one—it took two overtimes to decide this game and neither team could pull away. Both teams gave extended efforts all the way until the final seconds, but it finished in a draw. This game was the second draw of the year for the Lady Warriors; they are now 4-11-2 on the season. They still have some key matches to end the year. On Halloween night, they will face off against the Bethany College Swedes in Lindsborg, Kan.
Football @ Bethany College – Sterling: 28 Bethany: 30
The Sterling College Warriors football team traveled to Lindsborg, KS. on Oct. 14 to face off with the Bethany College Swedes. Sterling College came up short 28 – 30 after time expired Saturday. The game was a close one highlighted by spectacular plays and scoring runs by both teams.
Sterling got on the board first in this battle about midway through the first quarter with a 39-yard rush by sophomore Aaron Chisolm and senior Michael Winstead converted the point after attempt. Sterling and Bethany played a heavily contested first half trading scores and stops finishing the half at 16-13.
Although trailing going into the third quarter, Sterling didn’t let the small deficit effect them as they scored halfway into the third quarter, putting up three points from a Winstead field goal which tied things up at 16-16. However, the momentum would shift again as the Swedes scored again at the end of their next drive when Bethany recovered a fumble in the end zone to score a touchdown. This gave the Swedes a 23-16 lead.
However, the Warriors planned to tie things up, returning a punt for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, but they failed to add the extra point to their total, so the score remained 23-22 in favor of the Swedes. After a big defensive stop for Sterling there was a fumble by the offense which set up the Swedes offense for an easy score. The score was now 30-22 in favor of Bethany. A few drives later, the Warriors scored. Sterling was unsuccessful with the extra-point conversion this time.
Attempting a two-point conversion, they came up short leaving them down two points 28-30. After the Swedes picked up a few major stops, topped off by a big sack, the Warriors turned the ball over and the Swedes won the game.
The Warriors controlled the ground game rushing 326 net yards compared to Bethany’s 113. However, the Swedes utilized the air attack with 289 receiving yards, compared to Sterling’s 72. The Warriors defense was led by senior Kenya Edner with 13 tackles, also by senior Ray Winfield with 9 tackles and a forced fumble and senior Dezmond Howard with 7 tackles and an interception.
The Warriors are now 5-2 on the season and their next game is Saturday, Oct. 21 against Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas.
Volleyball goes 1-3 at KCAC Fall Fling
The Sterling College Volleyball team took part in the KCAC Fall Fling this weekend at the Hutchinson Sports Arena. Sterling played well throughout the weekend, taking on many of the top teams in the conference.
The Lady Warriors finished the weekend 1-3, earning a victory over Friends University, and falling to Ottawa University, Kansas Wesleyan University, and Tabor College. During the first day of the tournament, Sterling matched up with Ottawa and Kansas Wesleyan. The Lady Warriors fell 3-0 to Ottawa in the first matchup, in three close and competitive sets, 25-19, 25-21, 25-19. Freshman Patti Degadillo, led the team in kills with 8 and junior Mikaela Wells paced the team with 17 assists.
In the second matchup against Kansas Wesleyan University, the Lady Warriors fell 3-0. Kansas Wesleyan defeated the Lady Warriors, 25-21, 28-26, 25-18 in three sets, as both teams gave their best efforts. The Lady Warriors were powered by junior Chelsey Riffel with 17 kills and junior Makenzie Cork pitched in with 9 kills. Wells excelled in assist category totaling 32 assists.
During day two the Lady Warriors squared up with Friends University and Tabor College. The Lady Warriors began the day in charge, sweeping Friends in three straight sets, 27-25, 25-15, 25-15. Riffel led the Lady Warriors with 18 kills while Cork added 12. Wells added 38 assists, while the defensive end was handled by junior Alexandra Reid led Sterling with 20 digs and freshman Carmin Butterworth added 10, while freshman Colleen Meffert finished with three blocks.
Sterling battled Tabor College in a hard fought five-set match late in the afternoon. Tabor would end up defeating Sterling 25-23, 12-25, 25-14, 24-26, 15-12. Riffel once again led the team with 23 kills, while Delgadillo and Cork each added 10 kills. Wells had 44 assists, while senior Lena Wedel and Wells each had five blocks for the defense. Reid led Sterling with 25 digs, while senior Lexi Naegele added 16 and junior Kristen Calderwood finished with 11 digs.
The Lady Warriors are now 12-12 following the fall fling and their next matchup is against Southwestern College on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the Gleason Center.
This weekend saw a large number of Warrior Athletes traveling around the state to work hard and show off their Sterling pride.
On Saturday the 23rd, football traveled to Salina to take on Kansas Wesleyan University. The game ended with a win for the Warriors, 26-23.
The first quarter of the game ended with a score of 0-0, but the Warriors took on the challenge and made a comeback. Freshman Lavery Shepherd scored a touchdown to lead the Warriors 7-0, with Freshman Eric Demps blocking Kansas Wesleyan’s punt and giving Sterling a safety to make the score 9-0 at the end of the second quarter.
In the third quarter, sophomore quarterback Eric Butler connected with senior Richard Newell to score another touchdown resulting in a 23-0 lead. While Kansas Wesleyan tried making a comeback by returning the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown , it wasn’t to be, as senior Michael Winstead knocked down the 29-yard field goal resulting in the final Warrior win. Sophomore, Aaron Chisolm, led the game in rushing with 49 yards, Butler led in passing with 203 yards, and Darryl Terrell led in receiving with 108 yards.
Saturday also took the cross country team to the Tabor College Blue Jays invite at Marion Reservoir. The men’s team finished third out of seven teams with a time of 2:29:58 with an average time of 29:59.88, while the women’s team finished second out of seven with a time of 1:46:25.11 with an average time of 21:17.02. Senior Lacey Buckwalter placed ninth overall in the women’s 5K run category with a time of 20:45.26, while the men’s 8K event saw junior Rolando Phalen place sixth overall with a time of 28:24.22.
On the same day, the Lady Warrior volleyball team faced two different rivals. First up was Bethel College in Newton, Kansas, where the Warriors got to celebrate a victory with a 3-0 final score. The first set, Sterling led Bethel early on after a kill by freshman Patti Delgadillo with a score of 9-8. At the end of the first set, the Warriors won with a score of 25-19.
During the second set, Bethel gained speed with a score of 6-1. The Lady Warriors made a comeback, however, using an ace from junior Mikaela Wells and kills from Delgadillo and junior Chelsey Riffel. The second set ended with a score of 25-19.
The third set started with Bethel leading again, but Riffel, along with senior Lena Wedel and junior Makenzie Cork, led with the kills and fought hard, ending with a score of 30-28.
The volleyball girls then headed to Wichita to take on Friends University. The Falcons led the first set with a score of 25-19. The Warriors came back in the second set, ending with a score of 25-22, using an ace from sophomore Madeline Carr and back-to-back kills from Cork and Delgadillo. The third set went on strong, with a tie of 17-17 in the middle of the set but ending with a score of 25-20.
However, Friends took the lead early in the fourth set and finished with a score of 25-20. The Falcons would also be victorious in the fifth set, despite strong kills by Cork, Riffel, and Wells. The final score was 17-15. Cork led the group in kills with 14, while Wells gained the highest blocking score with three. Junior Alexandra Reid led in digs with 18, while freshman Eryn Beardmen led in aces with three.
Finally, men’s and women’s soccer headed to Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to take on the Evangels. However, Mid-America managed to overtake both Warrior teams, giving the men’s soccer team a final score of 7-0.
After a quick 2-0 lead for Mid-America Christian in the first half, despite strong shots from several team members, halftime recorded a 4-0 score with Evangels in the lead. In the second half, Sterling had shots by senior Adriano Marquez and freshman Sergio Lumez-Patino, but Mid-America kept up strong defense and managed to score three more times against Sterling. Sophomore Joel Chavez led with six saves.
In women’s soccer, despite strong shots from senior Olivia Cozzoni, freshman Brianna Dorsey, and junior Alejandra Menez, the offense struggled to find their groove and Sterling was dealt a loss in a score of 6-0. Sophomore Hannah French led with five saves.
This past weekend, the varsity Lady Warriors volleyball team played their first home games of the season and ended the Sterling College Volleyball Invitational with a 3-1 record.
The Lady Warriors played their first game on Friday against Central Christian College from McPherson, Kansas. The game ended quickly, in three matches, with Sterling taking the win over the Tigers. In the next game, the Warriors took on the Presentation College Saints out of Aberdeen, South Dakota. Each match was close, and Sterling fought hard to win the third match taking the game into another match. But the Saints built their lead and won the fourth match, finishing the game.
After their going 1-1 for the night, KCAC Player of the Week, Chelsey Riffel, had a positive outlook for the next day, “Tomorrow is a new slate. We can just go out there and fight like we did tonight.”
On Saturday, the games were located at Sterling High School due to the Warriors’ home football game later that evening. The women began the morning at eleven playing against Bethel College. After losing the first match, the Thrashers put up a fight and came back to win the second match. The Warriors shut them down though and won the final games winning in four matches. Right after that win, the Warriors took the court for the last time this weekend, playing against Baptist Bible College from Springfield, Missouri. This game was another quick one and the Warriors won in three matches.
Mikaela Wells, the KCAC Setter of the Week, expounded on her team’s ability to learn quickly, “Every time we’ve stepped on the court this year I’ve just seen so much growth. I was super proud of the team last night.”
The Lady Warriors Volleyball team continues their season with another home game this Wednesday, September 6th, against the Ottawa University Braves. JV plays at 5:30 p.m. and varsity at 7:00 p.m.