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Eagles Pick Up Weekend Wins


Eagles Pick Up Weekend Wins

by Justin Daubert


Williams Baptist College fall sports are in full swing, with both the soccer and volleyball programs off to impressive starts.

The volleyball team continued its winning ways with four victories over the weekend, beating Central Baptist College twice, Crowley’s Ridge College, and Hillsdale Baptist last week.

The Lady Eagles have set a record by opening the season with ten straight wins. Senior Caitlin Wakefield is pacing the team this year with 84 kills.  She also leads the American Midwest Conference and is 5th in the NAIA with 29 service aces. Senior Haley Motley and Junior Katie Thomas have contributed 79 kills apiece.

The team is also noticing the contribution of two transfers from Shawnee Community College, defensive player Courtney Melvin and setter Codie Lancaster. The contributions of freshmen hitters Jameea Ward and Emily Umbaugh have also helped the team rise to its current level.

The Lady Eagles (10-0) start conference play by hosting a double header Tuesday against nationally ranked Missouri Baptist University.  The first match starts at 4:00 p.m. in WBC’s Southerland-Mabee Center.  They will play in the Hendrix Tournament Friday and Saturday in Conway.

The soccer team has also opened the season in record setting fashion, with wins this past week on the road at NCAA Division II school Delta State University and at home against Central Baptist College.

Coach Shane Stolz said, “Beating a program like Delta State on the road is a big step for our program, but we don’t want it to be the highlight of the season, only one highlight among several we are aiming for this year.”

Martin Carmona, a freshman forward from Argentina, scored three goals last week to lead the Eagles in their two victories.

As for the win against Central Baptist, Stolz commented, “One of our goals was to protect our state and win against in-state foes, and I felt this was a major step towards achieving that goal."

The soccer team is off to a 3-1 start, the best start in school history. Opening conference play with a road game at William Woods University on Tuesday and then a home game Saturday against Park University at 11:00 a.m., the Eagles look to continue with their winning ways.

The Eagles baseball team also had an inter-squad scrimmage on Saturday, “We thought the guys showed a lot of promise,” said student assistant coach Caleb Orosz. “Our pitchers were hitting their spots and our batters were putting the ball in play. We thought all of the guys played well.”

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