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Making History One Game At A Time

The Missouri Baptist University Spartans women’s lacrosse team looks forward to starting the new season after having a monumental year on the field in spring 2021. The team continues to work, build, grow and reflect together with sights set clearly on making history for their program and establishing a strong position within the conference.

The MBU women’s lacrosse team poses with the bracket poster as graduate Kaitlin Mills places the Missouri Baptist sticker in the position of the third and final round of the KCAC tournament after defeating No. 2 St. Ambrose, 12-10.     Photo by Dan Dotson

A Team of Champions – MBU Women’s Volleyball

The 2020 NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Champions end the regular season with a 24-2 record. After the winning season, four players earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors this week: Giovanna Tapigliani, Isidora Stojovic, Manuela Vargas and Ariana Macies. As the Spartans open the first round of this season’s National Championship games, MBU photojournalists captured some victorious memories for the defending champions.

Junior Kaili Smith, the 5-foot-11 opposite hitter for the Spartans, battles the opposing team to spike the ball over the net in a game at the Carl and Deloris Petty Sports and Recreation Complex.     Photo by Emily Heflin

All Out, All Game, All Season – MBU Soccer

Soccer is a beloved fall sport at Missouri Baptist University. The Spartans ended the 2021 season with a 6-8-3 record. During the season, the Spartans won notable awards: Brandon Burton won AMC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 20, Louie Perez won Spartan Athlete of the Week on Oct. 4, and Nathan Brock won AMC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 18. Just before the season came to a close, MBU photojournalists took to the field to capture the action and heart of Spartan soccer. 

Spartan Nolan Nuttelman kicks the ball in the air to pass the opposing team, Greenville College, with a confident and determined face.     Photo by Emily Heflin

MBU Women’s Basketball Slam Dunks Successful Season

After a long string of tough seasons that didn’t end how the Spartans wanted, the MBU women’s basketball team achieved heights of success it hasn’t experienced in over 10 years and broke recorded program history as the threat of COVID-19 loomed ominously over the year. Now, the team is already looking ahead to how it can build on its achievements this year.

A group photo of the players, coaching staff and parents taken on Feb. 20 for Senior Day before defeating Stephens College, 97-47.     Photos by MBU Athletics

Front row, left to right: Kim Shaw, Rose Wassef, Caroline Rogers, Joelle Atkins
Center row, left to right: Grace Burrows, Kamryn Mack, Tionne Taylor, Taylor Norris, Kenzie Burt, Sara Hermosa, Vinnie Winters, Samuel Pearson, Peyton Greenlee, Nicholas LeGrand
Back row, left to right: Stephen Allen, Larry Rogers, Jennifer Atkins, Lauren Ebert, Alexis Allstun 

Building Confidence and a Winning Team During a Pandemic

The women’s volleyball team at Missouri Baptist University has used this season during COVID-19 to grow as a team and as individuals. Led by Coach Chris Nichols, the team quickly approaches competing in the postseason as one of the best teams in the nation.

Balancing homework and sports is challenging for any student-athlete, especially during a pandemic. The women’s volleyball team at MBU has successfully learned to adapt and have found success on and off the court.      Photo courtesy of MBU Athletics

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DID YOU KNOW?
   
Here are some interesting facts about MBU Timeline, the student newsmagazine of Missouri Baptist University, in St. Louis:
   
*Our mission statement is: MBU Timeline is the student news network of Missouri Baptist University, a private Christian university that embraces the essential core value of “social change through service and leadership.”
   
*The Bible verse that drives our mission is 2 Timothy 2:15 (Worldwide English Version): “Tell the true message in the right way.”
   
*The WordPress website has been up since late-fall 2013. We average about 3,000 sessions and about 5,000 pageviews per month.
   
*Our stories and galleries get as few as 40 or 50 hits, or as many as 8,000 hits.
   
*We have readers in every state and more than 90 countries around the world. We have several readers in South America, the United Kingdom, India and Australia.
   
*Most of our readers are in Missouri, followed by Illinois, California and Texas.
   
*We do not accept advertising as we are a not-for-profit online newsmagazine.
   
*We welcome contributors from all walks of MBU life, regardless of your major. Reach out to us on Twitter at: @mbutimeline.