Maranatha Memories

Maranatha Memories

WATERTOWN, Wis. -- Alumni Day at Maranatha Baptist University is, as always, about memories and about family.

This year's Alumni Weekend celebrations were no exception, and returning alumni experienced encouraging reunions with old friends, the sharing of memories, and the inevitable smack talk around the main events of Saturday: the anticipated Alumni vs Sabercats matchups.

It was "quality over quantity" for the Alumni teams this year, as numerous national champions and All-Americans made their way to the contests in an effort to take down the 2019 Sabercats teams. Like last year, two of the three alumni squads came away with the win, as the Men's Soccer alumni team and the Women's Soccer alumnae (with some help from current players) both had two-goal wins in the lighthearted scrimmages.

Women's Volleyball (Alumnae 1-3 Sabercats - 21-25, 21-25, 25-23, 10-25)

The Women's Volleyball alumnae produced a high-powered squad that reflects the excellence of the program that Regina DeLozier has crafted over the last 13 seasons. Of the nine graduates, three were former NCCAA All-Americans while many of the rest received outstanding recognition or were members of a national championship team:

2019 Alumnae: WVB            Notable        
Julie Allweil  
Danielle Coleman  
Ali Crum NCCAA National Player of the Year (x2)    
Pam Fiocchi NCCAA 2nd-Team All-American
Julia Gibson AD3I 1st-Team All-Independent
Emily Mowry GP4L Winner: Women's Volleyball 
Stacy Rueb  NCCAA 1st-Team All-American 
Erin Steuerwald   
Hallie Sheley   
(Coach) Torey Rosen NCCAA National Player of the Year (x2) 

The women's volleyball scrimmage is typically a four-set scrimmage regardless of scores, as both squads rotate their players throughout the match. In a mirrored scoreline from last year, the Sabercats took home a 3-1 win. 

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Women's Soccer (Alumnae 5-3 Sabercats)

The women's soccer scrimmage was a goal-fest, as the two teams seemed to score every good chance they had. Alexis Sponable netted a hat-trick for the Sabercats while Alyssa Wright (2), Ali Hernandez, Julie Roer, and Olivia Rogers all contributed goals for the Alumnae.

The Alumnae "recruited" some current student-athletes to round out their squad, which consisted of the following people:

2019 Alumnae: WSOC       Notable        
Julie Allweil NCCAA 1st-Team All-American
Aly Clayton  
Danielle Coleman  
Courtney Dunn NCCAA 1st-Team All-American
Sarah Herbert  
Ali Hernandez 4-time NCCAA All-American
Lindsay Hodgs Former assistant coach
Julie Roer Former assistant coach
Olivia Rogers  
Alyssa Wright Current assistant coach 

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Men's Soccer (Alumni 2-0 Sabercats)

In the final game of the day, the Alumni Team took home the win in the Men's Soccer game. 2014 national champions Steven Thompson and Nathan Akers scored for the Alumni, who had 11 members of the 2014 team in attendance.

Some of the alumni that weren't on the 2014 team had significant ties to the program by way of family:

2019 Alumni: MSOC        Notable        
Nathan Akers* NCCAA 2nd-Team All-American    
Nate Andrew  
Randy Arbogast NCCAA 2nd-Team All-American
Michael Bagin*  
Brett Cournoyer* AD3I 1st-Team All-Independent
Drew DeLozier 3-year NCCAA All-American
Scott Ice Father of Andrew Ice  
John Kincaid Father of Teddy Kincaid
Charlie Leeds* NCCAA 2nd-Team All-American
Kyler Mowry*  
Taylor Pill* 3-year NCCAA All-American  
Matt Sheeley*  
Tim Rogers*  
John Teasdale  
Steven Thompson*  
Wira Wama* NCCAA National Player of the Year, 4-year NCCAA All-American 
Peter Wright Father of Joshua Wright
*Member of 2014 team  

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For the collegiate teams, the 2019 season begins next weekend. To stay current on the teams this year, visit mbusabercats.com/schedule.

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