Volleyball team gains new perspective

For sophomore volleyball player Melissa Bakke, John Brown University’s mission of putting Christ above all spills over into her life as an athlete.

“For this upcoming season, my expectations are that every match our team plays will glorify God, and that it will be evident to our opponents and fans,” said Bakke. “We solely play for Jesus Christ.”

The volleyball team had the opportunity over the summer to travel to Haiti, a trip that junior outside hitter Courtney Marshall believes was beneficial to the team dynamic.

“We came back to the states with a new perspective, and I think that is showing on and off the court,” said Marshall.

Head coach Stacie Johnson states that the trip was a strong bonding expereince for the team, and it “was an incredible spiritual, educational, and cultural experience.”

The Lady Eagles will begin their conference schedule on Sept. 19 with a match against Oklahoma Baptist University. They are currently 4-7 overall.

“I anticipate that we will have many thrilling matches … against our tough competition within our conference,” said Bakke.

The Eagles will play their next home game against St. Gregory University on Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. in Bill George Arena.