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
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
While COVID-19 has been a major issue worldwide for over a year now, the burden it has placed on sports is hard to put into words. Whether it is athletics in junior high, high school, college or professional sports, COVID-19 has ruined countless games, seasons and careers. No one likes it, or thinks it’s fun, but in order to keep people safe and healthy the precautions that are being taken are helpful, as illustrated in this Photo Gallery spotlighting MBU volleyball during the pandemic.
Tom Young, head men’s volleyball coach at Missouri Baptist University, gets his temperature checked before workouts and practices, as part of the routine protocol so many coaches and athletes are going through each day. Photos by Jason Harman