Covid-19 presents a host of challenges for collegiate athletic programs, but Williams Baptist University is navigating those challenges and preparing for fall sports to commence.
The American Midwest Conference voted this summer to hold its fall athletic events, although the start was delayed due to the coronavirus. WBU notes that schedules are apt to change as the season progresses, due to the unpredictable developments of the pandemic.
Volleyball season for WBU is scheduled to get underway Saturday at the Missouri Valley College Viking Invitational. The Lady Eagles are to take on Presentation College and Tabor College at that event. The Williams volleyball squad plans to have its home opener on Sept. 15, taking on Philander Smith College at 6 p.m., and the Lady Eagles will host Blue Mountain College on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m.
The Williams volleyball squad opens its conference season at home on Sept. 22, hosting Missouri Baptist University at 6 p.m. MBU comes into the season ranked eighth in the NAIA preseason poll.
Women’s and men’s soccer are scheduled to begin the second week of September. WBU’s men’s soccer team opens at home on Friday, Sept. 11, hosting the Arkansas Wolves at 3 p.m. The Eagles travel to Evangel University in Missouri for a Sept. 15 match, and they return home to open conference play on Sept. 19 against Columbia. Columbia’s men are ranked third in the NAIA.
The Lady Eagles soccer squad will open with an exhibition match at Southwest Tennessee Community College on Thursday, Sept. 10, while their first official game will be Sept. 15 at Evangel. The home opener for the WBU women will be Sept. 19, when they take on conference rival Columbia College at noon. Columbia enters the season ranked 25th in the NAIA.
Men’s and women’s cross country teams are also getting ready for their fall season. WBU’s cross country squads open on Sept. 12 at the Cottey College Invitational in Missouri. They will run again on Sept. 19 at the Harding Invitational in Searcy.
Those who want to keep up with Williams sports can check out the website at http://www.wbueagles.com/, as well as following the WBU Eagles on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.