Bulldog Weekly Report (March 4)

Bulldog Weekly Report

Bulldog Booster Club Athletes of the Week

Male: Joel Kaldahl, Tennis

Kaldahl, a native of Spencer, Iowa, won an 8-1 decision at No. 4 singles over Luis Navarette to allow Concordia to come back and defeat Tabor College, 5-4, on March 1. The Bulldog men’s tennis team improved to 2-1.

Female: Shelby Quinn, Basketball

Quinn, who hails from Bellevue, Neb., emerged as the hero of last week’s overtime victory over Midland in the GPAC quarterfinals. She nailed the overtime-forcing trey and came up with a steal in the extra period to lift Concordia to the semifinals. She had seven points, four rebounds and two steals in the win.


News and Notes
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Softball’s Tyree to participate in Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program: Bulldog softball sophomore Julia Tyree one of 13 select student-athletes from across the United States that has been hand-picked to participate in the Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program. On campus, the pre-med student will initiate the American Red Cross Club and will host two blood drives every year. For more details, click HERE.

Rivera named GPAC Wrestler of the Year: Emilio Rivera rode an 11-0 mark against conference opponents to the GPAC Wrestler of the Year award. Read more about that honor HERE. In addition, Rivera and four other Bulldogs were named to GPAC all-conference teams.

Concordia athletics moves up to second on GPAC all-sport standings: Updated to include the conference finishes for winter sports, the GPAC all-sport standings were released last week. Concordia has moved up to second place with a combined 80.5 points. The Bulldogs received a boost from first-place finishes men’s indoor track and field and women’s basketball. Both wrestling and women’s indoor track and fiekld placed second.

National qualifiers announced for indoor track and field and wrestling: Last week the NAIA officially announced national championships qualifiers for both indoor track and field and wrestling. A total of 35 combined Bulldog men’s and women’s athletes will be headed to the indoor track and field national championships this weekend. In addition, five wrestlers will take part in the NAIA wrestling championships beginning on Friday.
-Concordia track and field national qualifiers
-Concordia wrestling national qualifiers

Women’s Basketball national tournament bracket to be released Wednesday: With a top 10 national ranking, the Concordia women’s basketball team will be headed to the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championships for the 13th time in school history. Check back on Wednesday evening for coverage of the Bulldogs’ seeding and national tournament opponent.

Softball season begins Wednesday: First-year head coach Todd LaVelle’s squad officially opens up the 2014 season on Wednesday with a doubleheader at Kansas Wesleyan University. The first pitch is set for 1:30 p.m. The Bulldogs won two of three exhibition games at an indoor facility in Sioux City, Iowa, on Feb. 15.

Concordia Sports Network: Live webcasts for most home varsity contests can be accessed by visiting http://www.cune.edu/csn at game time. Check team schedules/results pages for webcast dates. Scrimmages, exhibitions and junior varsity events are not broadcasted.

Wrestling

  • Second-year head coach Dana Vote continues to prep his squad for the national championships since last competing on Feb. 22 at the NAIA North Group Qualifying Tournament. The Bulldogs will travel five competitors to the 2014 NAIA Wrestling National Championships, which will be held at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Kan., on Friday and Saturday. Read more about Concordia’s national qualifiers HERE.
  • The following Bulldogs will compete at the national championships:
    • 125 – Austin Mogg, Sr. | 16-7 | 4 pins | ranked No. 12 nationally
    • 133 – Emilio Rivera, Jr. | 22-6 | 6 pins | ranked No. 6 nationally
    • 149 – Enrique Barajas, Jr. | 18-14 | 5 pins | ranked No. 13 nationally
    • 174 – Austin Fehlhafer, Fr. | 27-9 | 19 pins | ranked No. 10 nationally
    • 197 – Ken Burkhardt Jr., Fr. | 21-16 | 7 pins | ranked No. 15 nationally
  • For the first time this season, Concordia is ranked among the top 20 teams in the NAIA. In the latest coaches’ poll released on Feb. 26, the Bulldogs checked in at No. 20. Concordia last appeared in the NAIA poll in March of 2012 when it came in at No. 17. In addition, Concordia’s total of five individually-ranked wrestlers is a season high.
  • No NAIA wrestling program enjoyed a greater turnaround this season than Vote’s Bulldogs, who went from a last-place North Qualifier finish in 2013 to second place in 2014. Concordia also went from a 1-5 GPAC dual record and no national qualifiers a season ago to a 5-2 GPAC mark (second place) and five national qualifiers in 2013-14. Both Fehlhafer and Rivera earned first team all-conference honors with Rivera taking the prestigious GPAC Wrestler of the Year award.
  • On an individual level, 12 Concordia grapplers combined for a record of 107-198 last year. In 2013-14, 21 Bulldog wrestlers have collaborated on a mark of 228-222. Last season then senior Frank Ayala led the team with 19 wins. Heading into nationals this year, three Bulldogs have 21 wins or more, led by the 27 from Fehlhafer.
  • In 2012 Concordia finished with three All-Americans, led by Adam Joseph, who took fifth in the 133-pound bracket at the national championships. Both Jacob Williams (141) and Julian Silva (197) placed eighth.

Track and Field

  • Head coach Kregg Einspahr’s Bulldogs have been idle since their strong performances at the GPAC Indoor Track and Field Championships (Feb. 21-22). All that remains on the indoor schedule are the national championships, which begin on Thursday and run through Saturday. They will take place at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Read the meet preview HERE.
  • Last week 46 Bulldog athletes were officially named all-conference selections based on their efforts at the GPAC meet. The top eight finishers in each individual event and top three relays garnered all-conference recognition. View the complete list of Concordia honorees HERE. The following Bulldogs were all-conference in at least three different events: John Cartier, Benjamin Hinckfoot, Hayden Hohnholt, CJ Muller and Ben Sievert.
  • In addition, Einspahr was named GPAC Men’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. Now in his 22nd year at the helm of both Bulldog track and field and cross country, Einspahr has earned more than 30 conference or regional coaching awards. Recently, he was named 2008, 2009 and 2012 GPAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year, 2009 and 2010 GPAC Women’s Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year, 2009 GPAC Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year and 2009, 2010 and 2012 GPAC Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year.
  • Concordia will send 35 combined men and women to the national championships. The complete list can be viewed HERE.
  • For the No. 7 nationally-ranked Concordia men, 14 of the 19 qualifiers bring previous national championships experience. Eight of those 14 have earned past All-America honors. Out of the entire pool, nine are seniors, three are juniors, four are sophomores and three are freshmen.
  • The sixth-ranked Bulldog women will travel 16 athletes to nationals, including 10 who have performed at past national championships. Eight of those 10 have garnered All-America status in one or more events throughout their careers. The women’s national qualifier list is made up of four seniors, six juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen.
  • There are over 130 men's and women's teams that will make the trip to Geneva. The championships begin on March 6 with the women's pentathlon at 1 p.m. EST and the men's heptathlon at 1:30 p.m. Last year, the Oklahoma Baptist men and women swept the team competition. NeuLion, the NAIA’s official video streaming company of 17 select NAIA National Championship events, will be broadcasting all sessions of the national championships. Packages can be purchased for $5.95. For more information and to pre-register, click HERE.

Women’s Basketball

  • The seventh-ranked Bulldogs fell short in the GPAC semifinals on March 1 as No. 9 Northwestern eliminated Concordia from the conference tournament for the second-straight season. Eighth-year head coach Drew Olson’s squad advanced to the semifinals earlier in the week with a wild, 93-91, overtime victory over Midland in Seward. Two streaks remained intact as Concordia won its 12th-straight meeting against Midland and lost for the eighth-consecutive time when playing at Northwestern. To read recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
  • The victory over Midland gave the Bulldogs’ (25-7) their 25th of the season, marking the ninth time in the last 13 years that the program has produced 25 victories or more in a season. Over Olson’s eight seasons, he has averaged 23.9 wins per year and has led the Bulldogs to 25 wins or more five times, including a run of three-straight such campaigns since 2011-12. Concordia’s GPAC mark of 50-10 over the last three years is best in the conference.
  • Star junior guard Bailey Morris powered the win over Midland with 35 points and nine assists. It was the third time in five games in which Morris eclipsed 30 points. Each of those performances rank in the top five in school history in terms individual single-game scoring. While foul trouble limited Morris to 18 minutes at Northwestern, she still managed to reach double figures in scoring for the 13th-straight game and for the 28th time in 31 contests this season.
  • Morris went 15-for-19 from the free throw line last week, continuing a season-long trend. No player in the GPAC has shot more times from the charity stripe than the 5-foot-4 guard, who is 154-for-187 (.824) on the season. More than a quarter of her 601 points this season have been piled up at the free throw line.
  • For the second time in three games, freshman Becky Mueller tied a career high by totaling 23 points at Northwestern. One of the top newcomers in the GPAC, the Elkhorn, Neb., native is averaging 20.7 points over her last three games. During that stretch Mueller has gone 12-for-19 (.632) from beyond the arc. She is averaging 11.2 points while starting on 32 games on the season.
  • The 101-80 loss at Northwestern marked only the third time this season the Bulldogs have lost a game in which they scored at least 80 points. Concordia, No. 3 in the GPAC at 82.3 points per game, is 17-3 this season when putting up 80 or more.
  • By topping Midland, Concordia again avoided back-to-back losses. The Bulldogs are 6-0 in games immediately following a loss. Concordia and No. 4 Hastings are the only teams in the GPAC that have not dropped consecutive games at any point during this season.
  • Freshman guard Shelby Quinn served as an unlikely hero in the victory over Midland. Quinn forced overtime by draining a 3-pointer from the right wing in the final seconds. She then came up with a crucial steal in the final minute of overtime. The Bellevue East High School product has started 15 games.
  • The bracket for the 2014 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championships (March 12 – 18 in Sioux City, Iowa) will be released on Wednesday by the NAIA. With a No. 7 ranking prior to this week, the Bulldogs figure to garner a No. 2 or 3 seed in the 32-team tournament (each quadrant seeded 1 through 8). Concordia will be making its 13th national tournament appearance in program history and its sixth trip under Olson’s direction. The Bulldogs are 18-12 all time with three semifinal finishes on the national stage. Check back on Wednesday evening for complete coverage of Concordia’s seeding and national tournament opponent.

Baseball

  • Not much went right in a four-game weekend series (Feb. 28 – March 1) at Oklahoma Wesleyan (15-3). The host Eagles won all four contests as they put up a combined 39 runs against a Bulldog squad that struggled defensively. Five-straight losses have put head coach Jeremy Geidel’s squad at 4-8 overall. To read recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
  • Junior right fielder Daniel Wilkerson again flashed his power by drilling a home run to lead off the seventh inning of Friday’s game 2 in Bartlesville, Okla. Wilkerson went 3-for-10 in the series with a homer, a double and three RBIs. The native of Santa Fe, Texas, has all three of the Bulldogs’ long balls so far this season.
  • The first day of the series was marred by a combined 10 errors in the doubleheader. Those miscues led to eight unearned runs as Oklahoma Wesleyan won going away in the first two games of the series. The Eagles tagged Concordia ace Jaydee Jurgensen for 12 runs on 12 hits, however, seven of those runs were unearned.
  • While senior right-handed starting pitcher Jordan Stirtz fell to 1-2 after Saturday’s game 2 loss, he kept the Bulldogs within striking distance by holding Oklahoma Wesleyan to four runs in his five innings of work. Among the four starting pitchers that Geidel has used this season, Stirtz has the best ERA at 3.38 in 16 innings.
  • Through the first 12 games, five position players have started every game: first baseman Zach Cambier, shortstop Alex Cargin, catcher/designated hitter Sean McCartney, Wilkerson and third baseman Andrew Yerrell. Left fielder Erik Ellison has started 11 games. Center fielder Camaren Gause has missed the last six games due to injury.
  • As a team, the Bulldogs are hitting .223 with a .309 on-base percentage in 341 at bats. Cambier (.294) and Yerrell (.293) sit at the top of the heap in terms of batting average. Similar to last season, Concordia has had difficulty generating extra base hits. They have 11 doubles and three homers over the first 12 games.
  • A key moving forward will be getting off to better starts. Oklahoma Wesleyan outscored Concordia by a combined total of 13-0 in the first two innings of the four weekend games. On the season, the Bulldogs have been outnumbered 26-5 in the first two innings.
  • Three Bulldogs have tallied 10 or more hits on the season. Yerrell leads the way with 12 hits while Cambier and Cargin have 10 apiece. Yerrell also tops the team with seven RBIs. Wilkerson is the team leader in home runs, slugging percentage (.474) and total bases (18).
  • Next up for Concordia is the Tucson Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., March 8 – 15. The Bulldogs are scheduled to play a total of 10 games against nonconference opponents. The slate begins on Saturday with a single game against NCAA Division II Southwest Minnesota State University at 4 p.m. Mountain Time. The Concordia roster includes two Tucson natives: Gause and starting pitcher Will Holbrook.

Tennis

  • It was a busy weekend for Bulldog tennis who hosted a combined total of three matches on Friday and Saturday inside the Walz Fieldhouse. The Concordia men bounced back from a 9-0 loss to No. 11 Bethany College (Kan.) on Feb. 28 and won 5-4 over Tabor College (Kan.) the next day. Meanwhile, the women opened their season March 1 with a 6-3 loss at the hands of Tabor. The men are now 2-1 on the season. To read recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
  • Both of the Bulldog men’s wins have come by 5-4 decisions. The latest came down to the singles spots 3 and 4. Concordia rallied back from a 4-3 deficit thanks to singles wins by freshman Patricio Esquivel and Joel Kaldahl. Esquivel improved to 2-1 this season with his 8-3 decision over Harrison Faber.
  • Esquivel is one of three freshmen who have already made a significant impact. Esquivel has combined with fellow rookie, and Morelia, Mexico, native, Javier Moreno on a 2-1 mark at No. 2 doubles. The two youngsters figure to hold down the 2 and 3 spots in the singles lineup throughout the season. In addition, freshman Philip Yox has played at No. 6 in each of the team’s first three matches.
  • The Bulldog men have put together a combined 7-11 singles record and 3-6 doubles mark entering the week. Those records are skewed by the 9-0 loss to Bethany, one of the top programs in the nation and the highest-rated team in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
  • Concordia shuffled its doubles lineup this past weekend as senior Mike McCartney paired with junior Jonathan Douglas at the No. 3 spot. The result proved positive against Tabor as the duo breezed to an 8-0 victory. At No. 1, seniors Nathan Wingfield and Kaldahl played together for the first time. They fell 8-4 against the combo from Tabor.
  • The women began their season on March 1. It was the debut for a pair of freshmen who are part of a team that will be a work in progress this season. The team has established veterans at the top with senior Katelyn Koll (No. 1) and junior Grace Hollenbeck (No. 2).
  • Hollenbeck, who went 10-7 at No. 4 singles last season, looked comfortable in moving up to No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles over the weekend. Hollenbeck won 8-6 over Anna Friesen after teaming with Koll on an 8-2 victory in doubles. Hollenbeck, a native of Wheat Ridge, Colo., was part of two of the team’s three wins on the day.
  • Koll will be leaned upon heavily this season to provide results and leadership at the top. She is one of the top players in the GPAC after having posted a conference mark of 11-3 at No. 1 over the past two years. In her first match of the season, the Wilber, Neb., native slipped, 8-5, against Rebecca Faber.
  • The other victory for the women came at No. 3 singles, where junior Elyse Kohl came up with an 8-3 triumph. Kohl has also moved up in the lineup after going 4-4 from the 5 spot last season.
  • The next scheduled matches for both teams are set for after spring break. They were originally scheduled to take on Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., on Tuesday, however, cold temperatures forced a cancelation. No make-up date has been set.

4 March 2014

Freshman Shelby Quinn