Momentum is building toward what should be yet another outstanding year for Columbia College Athletics in 2015-16. The fall sports seasons unofficially kicked off on Aug. 25 as coaches and players from the volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s cross country teams were introduced at the annual Cougar Club Fall Sports media luncheon. Several teams are already in action with volleyball going 3-1 at the Red Raider Classic last weekend and the soccer teams combining for a 3-0 record so far this season.

All five fall sports are in search of American Midwest Conference championships and have strong chances of reaching team or individual NAIA National post-season tournaments or meets. Read below for some quick previews of all five teams as their seasons heat up.

Volleyball

Preseason Ranking – #10

Head Coach – Melinda Wrye-Washington (15th season)

Season Preview – “Cougars have plenty of big names” – Columbia Daily Tribune

2014 record – 33-8, 11-2 in American Midwest Conference

2015 Schedule

2015 Roster

Team Photo

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Photo by Kaci Smart

Men’s Soccer

Head Coach – John Klein (15th season)

Season Preview – “Cougars have aim at AMC Title” – Columbia Daily Tribune

2014 Record – 11-6-2, 7-2-1 in the American Midwest Conference

2015 Schedule

2015 Roster

Team Photo

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Photo by Kaci Smart

Women’s Soccer

Head Coach – John Klein – (15th season, 3rd season coaching women’s soccer)

Season Preview – “Columbia College builds from the back” – Columbia Daily Tribune

2014 Record – 11-7-1, 10-1 in American Midwest Conference

2015 Schedule

2015 Roster

Team Photo

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Photo by Kaci Smart

Men’s Cross Country

Preseason Ranking – #18

Head Coach – Tim Cornell – (3rd season)

Season Preview – Men’s Cross Country Ranked in Preseason Poll, Women Receiving Votes”

2014 Results – American Midwest Conference Champions

2015 Schedule

2015 Roster

Team Photo

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Photo by Kaci Smart

Women’s Cross Country

Head Coach – Tim Cornell – (3rd season)

Season Preview – Men’s Cross Country Ranked in Preseason Poll, Women Receiving Votes”

2014 Results – American Midwest Conference Champions

2015 Schedule

2015 Roster

Team Photo (above)