Kuyper Volleyball Starts New Season

The start of a new school year at Kuyper College brings with it another season of women’s volleyball. This fall, Kuyper’s volleyball team is entering its third season as a varsity NCCAA sport.

The team’s eleven members, include six new players and returning seniors Brittany Tugman, Melissa Tessner, and Amanda DeVries. “It’s great seeing so many new individuals coming and working together towards a common goal,” said DeVries. “I am really looking forward to see how we grow as a team this year.”

The team is led by Coach Mike Wiggers and Assistant Coach Amy Royston. Volleyball has played an important role in Wiggers’ life. Before coming to Kuyper, he played volleyball for various United States Navy teams in Japan, Australia, Italy, Maine and Illinois. During his time with the United States Navy, his teams won various major championship titles. In addition, he coached volleyball at varsity level for 15 years at various schools including the Yokohama International Schools in Japan, King’s Academy in Illinois, Algoma Christian Schools, and Sparta High School in Michigan.

According to Wiggers, the players have chosen Philippians 2:2-4, as the team verse: “Make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” “It is the knowledge of our dependency on Christ that gives our team strength,” said Wiggers. “And our continued effort, whether winning or losing, to work hard with an unselfish attitude that ultimately ends in joy.”

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