April 7, 2016 –
The Sooner Athletic Conference has announced its All-Conference volleyball team for the 2015 season. A total of 39 student-athletes were selected on the three teams, 12 on the first team, 12 on the second team and 15 on the honorable mention list Voting was done by the league’s nine volleyball coaches.
Bacone sophomore Gladymar Echeverria from Tahlequah, Okla. was named to the second team. Bacone’s Julianne Tuiolosega received honorable mention.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Athletic Director Alan Foster is pleased to announce DeVon Bryant as the new head athletic trainer at Bacone College. Bryant, a native of South Haven, Mich., comes to Bacone from Pratt Community College where he was the assistant athletic trainer for the past year. Foster said one of reasons Bryant emerged as a frontrunner was his “professional and modern approach to sports medicine, and that will be an upgrade for our student athletes.” Bryant is currently working on his masters in Health and Human Performance and says he “is excited to get the athletic training room headed in the right direction.”
Bryant is a graduate of Sterling College in Sterling, Kan. where he was the 2014 Student Trainer of the year. While at Sterling, he was under the direction of Pete Manley – who is the President of the ATA for the NAIA since 2013. “DeVon has accomplished more than many people would have expected of him. He has overcome adversity after adversity in his life and instead of making him weaker he has used is to make him stronger. I am so proud of him. I am confident that he will carry the Sterling College AT Program torch to Bacone and light a new flame there,” Manley said.
Another positive Foster sees in Bryant is his previous working relationship with Sara Steria – who has been hired as the assistant athletic trainer for Bacone College. “Devon had worked with Sara previously and it was because of his professionalism that Sara was happy to come aboard,” Foster said. With Bryant and Steria, “we now have a male and female trainer which is a more ideal situation for our student athletes and gives us an upgrade and improved services in the athletic training room,” he said.
Steria, a native of San Diego, Cali., was working at a local hospital when she received a call from Bryant about working together again. “I am excited to be here and get going,” she said. Steria is also a graduate of Sterling College, where she trained with Bryant and was under the direction of Pete Manley as well. “I am excited for Sara to have this opportunity at Bacone and to be able to work with DeVon again. She is knowledgeable, persistent, and very driven. I have no doubt she will do her job and beyond for Bacone,” Manley said.
Bryant graduated from Sterling College with a bachelor’s in athletic training. He was previously a graduate assistant at Langston University prior to going to Pratt Community College. He is married to wife Lachelle. Sara graduated with a bachelor’s in athletic training from Sterling College where she played four years of volleyball and ran two years of track.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Bacone College Athletic Director Alan Foster unveiled the hiring of new head volleyball coach Richard Barker.
Barker takes over for former coach Jacob Rodriguez who accepted the same position at Langston University.
“Losing a coach this late is an unusual situation but you have to make the best of it,” Foster noted. “Coach (Richard) Barker has been successful at every level he’s coached from high school to college and were very pleased to have him come onboard with us.”
“We’ve made a lot of progress with our volleyball program these past few years. You add in Coach (Richard) Barker’s experience, expertise and we have nothing but high expectation for our program moving forward.”
Barker began his coaching career at the high school level in Oklahoma where he made several state appearances in both Class 4A and Class 6A state championship tournaments. In 2004 he led his team to the Class 4A state championship.
He also served as the head coach at Pahrump Valley High School and worked with the University of Nevada-Las Vegas as the associate director of camps and clinics. He’s coached several USAV club team in Oklahoma and Nevada and worked with the USAV High Performance volleyball teams.
Barker as the head volleyball coach for six years at Colorado Northwestern Community College before returning to Oklahoma.
Most recently the first-year head coach volunteered as a AVCA senior coach mentor, coached an 18’s team for Oklahoma Edge VBC during 2014 and as a volunteer coach at Amber-Pocasset High School in Amber, Okla.
WACO, Texas – The Red River Athletic Conference announced the 2014 Volleyball All-Conference team with five Bacone players receiving honors.
Seniors Jade Tigilau and Latisha Brittenham were named to the RRAC All-Conference first team; Tigilau is a repeat first team selection and was also named the RRAC Front Row Player of the Year.
Tigilau led the RRAC and Bacone in kills with 519 and was first on the team in aces with 47.
Brittenham finished third in the RRAC and second on the team in kills with 347; she also led Bacone in solo blocks with 30 and block assists with 33.
Toree Misa’alefua nabbed a spot on the RRAC All-Conference second team; Misa’alefua accumulated 1,042 assists for the season and 30 aces.
Additionally, senior Stephanie Aikens and freshman Marissa Cortez were chose for the RRAC Honorable Mention squad.
Aikens finished third on the team with 269 kills but was the team leader in digs with 441; Cortez was third on the squad in digs with 384.
Aikens and Cortez were also named to the RRAC Champions of Character team.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The Bacone Lady Warriors concluded their season Friday, Nov. 14 in tough loss to St. Thomas in the first round of the Red River Conference volleyball tournament.
The Celts took the opening set 25-21 before the Lady Warriors countered with a 25-22 set two victory.
In the third set Bacone committed 11 errors to St. Thomas’ four leading to a 25-22 set win by the Celts to move them in front 2-1.
The Lady Warriors were unable to complete the comeback and fell 25-15 in the fourth and final set to give the victory to St. Thomas.
Jade Tigilau led Bacone with 20 kills and 10 digs, Toree Misa’alefua added 37 assists and 10 digs and Stephanie Aikens finished with 14 digs.
This was the final game for seniors Tigilau, Misa’alefua, Aikens and Latisha Brittenham.
Bacone finishes the season at 13-21 overall.
WACO, Texas – Jade Tigilau and Toree Misa’alefua were named the Red River Athletic Conference players of the week for their play over the dates of Nov. 3-9.
Tigilau, a senior outside hitter from Long Beach, Calif., spurred a 3-0 week that sent Bacone into the RRAC Volleyball Tournament as the #4 seed. She played a key role in a 3-2 win over Langston University (Okla.) with 26 kills, and she tacked on 24 kills in a 3-2 victory over the University of St. Thomas (Texas).
For the week, Tigilau had 67 kills on 156 attacks with 15 errors for a .333 hitting percentage. She also chipped in 46 digs including 23 against Langston. Tigilau finished the season as the conference leader in kills with 499.
Bacone completed the regular season with an 8-5 conference record and a mark of 13-20 on the season. The Warriors will play St. Thomas in the first round of the RRAC tournament on Friday in Brownsville, Texas.
Misa’alefua, a senior setter from Carson, Calif., registered 150 assists in Bacone’s matches last week. She achieved a high of 63 against Langston and dished out 52 against St. Thomas.
She averaged 11.5 assists per set and also provided 67 digs; Misa’alefua was second in the conference in assists this season with 1,005.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. – The Bacone Lady Warriors swept Huston-Tillotson on Saturday, Nov. 8 to clinch the fourth-seed in the Red River Conference tournament and push their win streak to six games.
The Lady Warriors dominated from the outset, claiming a 25-10 set one victory followed by winning sets two and three 25-15 and 25-17.
Jade Tigilau led Bacone with 17 kills; Latisha Brittenham added 13 and Stephanie Aikens finished with 11 kills and 14 digs.
Toree Misa’alefua registered 35 assists and 11 digs and Marissa Cortez finished with 12 digs.
Bacone (13-20, 8-5) will face fifth-seeded St. Thomas on Friday, Nov. 14 at 2:30 p.m. Should the Lady Warriors advance they’ll face number one seed UT-Brownsville the same night at 7:30 p.m.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. – The Bacone Lady Warriors managed to outlast the St. Thomas Celts in five sets on Friday, Nov. 7 at the Palmer Center.
The Celts grabbed set one 25-20 but the Lady Warriors tied the game with a 25-8 set two victory.
Undaunted, St. Thomas was victorious in the third set 25-23 to lead 2-1 heading into the fourth set.
Bacone countered with a 25-16 set fourth win where they led by as much as 20-9.
In the final set the Celts built a 14-12 advantage and needed one more point to clinch the victory; Jade Tigilau responded with three straight kills that turned the tide and gave Bacone a 15-14 lead.
Jania Guerra sealed the victory with her third service ace of the game to clinch the fifth set 16-14.
Tigilau finished with 24 kills and 15 digs, Latisha Brittenham had 15 and 13 and Stephanie Aikens registered 14 kills and 23 digs.
Toree Misa’alefua finished with 52 assists and 26 digs and Marissa Cortez collected 17 digs.
Bacone (12-20, 7-5) hosts Huston-Tillotson on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. to wrap up the regular season.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. – The Bacone Lady Warriors moved their winning streak to four games with a thrilling five-set victory over the Langston Lady Lions on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
The Lady Lions led early after winning 25-22 and 27-25 in sets one and two; Bacone countered with a 25-15 set three victory and tied the game by winning the fourth set 25-23.
Tied at 16-16 the Lady Warriors were gifted with a service error by Langston’s Kori Williams to move them in front 17-16.
On the following serve, Jade Tigilau clinched the win with a game-deciding kill to give Bacone the 18-16 set five win.
Tigilau finished with 26 kills and 23 digs, Toree Misa’alefua added 63 assists and 30 digs and Stephanie Aikens collected 20 kills and 23 digs.
Other notables included Latisha Brittenham who tallied 17 kills and 10 digs; Tawnie Reed and Marissa Cortez both finished with 14 and 12 digs respectively.
Bacone (11-20, 6-5) faces the University of St. Thomas on Friday, Nov. 7. Game time is set for 7 p.m.