MBU Athletics has hired a new and younger head coach who is already familiar with the men’s and women’s tennis programs. Krista Tyson, a 2018 MBU graduate, has taken the reins as head coach for MBU tennis, and she is leading the teams with a philosophy focused on consistency and demonstrating God’s love.
The 2019-20 women’s tennis team includes, left to right: Head Coach Krista Tyson, Geena Novelly, Laura Baracaldo, Faith Griese, Madison Feick, Francielly Morena, Hannah Chaney, Maria Brandt, Graduate Assistant Nadin Antic and Graduate Assistant Naoufal El Idrissi. — Photo courtesy of MBU Athletics
After a season that started in the balance for the MBU women’s soccer team, with no wins and disagreements even among players, the team pulled together, bonded and ripped off a 10-game winning streak, concluding with a trip to the AMC Championship game.
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Hailey Hickerson, sophomore from O’Fallon, Missouri, attempts to head-ball an incoming high pass in a mini scrimmage during practice. The Spartans finished the 2019 season with an 11-9-1 record, and six Spartans were named to the All-Conference team.
There’s so much more to coaching a football team than fitness, games and practices. Elbert Kern is a God-fearing man who not only coaches his team on the field, but coaches them through the challenges of life.
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Elbert Kern (center), in his sixth year as assistant MBU football coach, stands with his sons, Zach Kern (left), sophomore sports management major, and Malik Kern (right), junior sports management major, who both play football at MBU.
Caterina Cigarini, 23, has known since she was 12 years old that she would play volleyball, but the sport has brought much more to her life than she originally imagined. Now, as her collegiate volleyball career comes to a close, she is taking a look back at the relationships she made and the lessons she learned during her time as a Spartan.
Caterina Cigarini celebrates a scored point against Texas Wesleyan University with teammates during the NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa, in 2019. Cigarini would post a season-high 22 kills to help lead the Spartans to a 3-2 victory. Photos courtesy of MBU Athletics
MBU’s undefeated men’s volleyball team entered the NAIA National Championship as the No. 1 seed, and secured their first win over Xavier University, in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday afternoon, advancing to the next round in the tournament.
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Steven Rodriguez, senior men’s volleyball player from San Diego, California, saves the ball in the MBU Spartans’ 3-0 win over Morningside College on Feb. 8. The Spartans enter the second round of the National tournament today, April 17, at 4 p.m., facing the Park University Pirates.