Volleyball got things going for us this year. They placed well at the opening Spikefest Tournament and won the NCCAA Central Region pre-season tournament. They placed 4th in the Grace Classic, including a big win over Ozark Christian College. They headed into post-season play with a convincing win over Faith Baptist Bible College. The Royals lost to Manhattan Christian in the regional championship game. This season was Coach Angela Taulborg’s last as head coach of our volleyball team. There is no other way to say it, she will be missed.
Our other fall sport had a great season. They finished with a record of 6-5-1. Their season included victories over St. Louis Christian and Emmaus Bible College. They also beat regionals foes Central Bible College and CCCB. A highlight of the season was Senior Night. The Royals played their last home game at Morrison Stadium (Creighton University). The Royals faced CBC at the Regional Tournament and came away with the victory. They faced Manhattan Christian in the finals, and despite a great effort they lost.
The women’s basketball team started the season as the two-time defending champion of the NCCAA Central Region. The opening weekend of the season saw them beat Emmaus Bible College and Northland International University. The middle part of their season, the Lady Royals beat Ozark Christian and Calvary Bible College. They entered the Central Region Tournament as the number 3 seed. Despite putting up a great effort, the Lady Royals lost to CCCB. They finished the season with a record of 13-11.
The Men’s basketball team knew they had a bull’s eye on their back. They were the defending NCCAA Central Region champion. During the season, they spit head-to-head meetings with CBC. They also split with Faith Baptist Bible College. Against arch-rival Manhattan Christian, the Royals were 0-2 during the season. Defense of their title looked like a tall order. In the first round of post-season play, the Royals dispatched of CBC. That win set-up a rematch with MCC. Unlike the regular season, the Royals came out on top and earned a trip to the NCCAA national tournament. At nationals, the Royals finished 10th out of a 12 team field.