Bulldog Weekly Report
Bulldog Booster Club Athletes of the Week
Male: Bryce Collins, Football
Collins, a running back from Boerne, Texas, rumbled for 110 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries in the 30-28 loss at Northwestern. The freshman scored on runs of one, two and four yards. His 487 rushing yards lead the team.
Female: Paige Getz, Volleyball
Getz, an outside hitter from Paola, Kan., totaled 29 combined kills last week as the Bulldogs won two of three matches. The freshman hit .435 in the win over Dakota State and then .389 in the victory over Mount Marty.
News and Notes:
Sievert earns second GPAC honor in three-week span: Concordia junior Ben Sievert garnered GPAC Cross Country Runner of the Week accolades for the second time in three weeks with the league’s announcement on Oct. 16. The Frankenmuth, Mich., native also received the same honor twice last season.
Bulldog volleyball continues to raise money for women with breast cancer: Members of the Concordia volleyball team have been selling t-shirts in preparation for their “think pink” night on Oct. 29 when they take on College of Saint Mary at 7 p.m. Head coach Scott Mattera encourages you to contact your favorite Bulldog volleyball player to purchase shirts. You can also contact Rachel Miller, director of volleyball operations, by email at email@example.com for more information. The team is raising money to benefit the Pink Bandannas organization, which provides support to women struggling with breast cancer.
Bulldog football road games available live at the Dog House Grill: Beginning with Concordia’s road win at Dakota State on Sept. 28, the Dog House Grill, located on the bottom floor of the Janzow Campus Center, has featured live webcasts on all of its TVs. All are welcome to join the Bulldog football watch parties at the Dog House Grill.
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.
- Bulldog volleyball had a busy week following a light stretch to open up the month of October. Concordia went 2-1 last week with straight-sets wins over Dakota State on Oct. 18 and over Mount Marty on Oct. 19. Head coach Scott Mattera has now won nine matches in which only three sets were needed to decide the outcome. The Bulldogs are 15-9 overall and 4-7 in GPAC play (eighth place). The 15th win guaranteed at least a .500 regular-season record. For recaps on all of last week’s action, click HERE.
- Mattera’s talented group of freshmen continue to progress as they begin to wind down their first collegiate seasons. First-year outside hitter Paige Getz led Concordia last week with 29 combined kills. She went for 10 kills at Doane and then 12 more in the win over Dakota State, extending her streak to five-straight matches with double figures in kills. The native of Paola, Kan., completed the week with seven kills on 18 swings (no errors) in the victory over Mount Marty. Over her last nine matches, Getz has averaged 3.03 kills per set (94 total kills) and has heated up with a .222 hitting percentage.
- Mattera cited his team’s excellent serving as a big reason for the lopsided win over Mount Marty on Saturday. “Our serving was just off the charts. (Mariah) Schamp and (Michala) Maurer took them out of everything they wanted to do,” Mattera said after the match. Maurer, a junior from Columbus, Neb., has given the team a great service weapon. She had three aces versus the Lancers and has 28 on the season. Her 316 total serves (only 25 errors) are the most on the team.
- Concordia has been one of the top serving teams in the conference this season, at least in terms of aces per set. The Bulldogs rank third in the conference with 1.6 aces per set. Sophomore Claire White leads the team with 34 aces followed by 30 from Schamp and 28 by Maurer.
- After hitting .286 as a team in the latest victory, the Bulldogs improved their season attack percentage to .198 – eighth highest in the GPAC. The magic number this season for Concordia has been .200. The Bulldogs are now 12-1 when hitting over .200, which they did in both victories last week. The only time Concordia has lost in such a match occurred on Sept. 6 when then No. 5 Oklahoma Baptist topped the Bulldogs in straight sets despite the Bulldogs’ shiny .277 clip.
- Getz was not the only freshman to give Mattera’s squad solid production last week. Tiegen Skains of Colorado Springs, Colo., set a career high with eight kills in the Oct. 18 win. The 20 attack attempts were the second most for Skains in a single match. Meanwhile, middle Taylor Workman had a big day on Saturday with nine kills and four total blocks. The Lincoln Christian High School product was two short of her career high of 11 kills.
- The win over Mount Marty bumped the Bulldogs’ GPAC win count to four, tying last year’s total for the season. One more conference victory would give the program its most since the 2008 season. Concordia is also looking for its first above .500 overall finish since the 2007 team went 21-14.
- The loss at Doane marked the first time this season that the Bulldogs have suffered defeat after taking the first set. Concordia is 12-1 when winning the opening set. The Bulldogs have come back to win after dropping the first set on three occasions – Aug. 24 vs. Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio), Aug. 30 vs. William Woods (Mo.) and Sept. 14 vs. Presentation (S.D.).
- Concordia enters another week with three matches in a four-day stretch, with all of them coming on the road inside the GPAC this time around. The Bulldogs will play at Nebraska Wesleyan (17-6, 7-4 GPAC) at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, at Briar Cliff (16-10, 5-6 GPAC) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at No. 15 Dordt (17-5, 8-3 GPAC) at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Concordia fell in four sets to Nebraska Wesleyan at home on Oct. 1. It has yet to play Briar Cliff or Dordt this season.
- Head coach Vance Winter’s squad fell for the first time this season in an excruciating 30-28 loss at Northwestern on Saturday. The Bulldogs held leads of 14-13 and 22-16 before allowing the Red Raiders to regain the advantage. Concordia got outgained 400-360 by the Red Raiders, who last season qualified for the NAIA playoffs. The Bulldogs now sit at 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the GPAC, putting them alone in second place in the conference race.
- In its stiffest challenge to date, Concordia’s defense lost streaks of 13-straight quarters without allowing a touchdown and 27-consecutive quarters without allowing a rushing score. Patrick Daberkow’s unit had been the only NAIA team yet to give up a rushing touchdown this season until the Red Raiders’ Paul Hutson broke the goal line from two yards out in the first quarter. The 30 points and 400 total yards were season highs for Concordia opponents.
- A couple of pivotal plays stood out in the close loss. On the Bulldogs’ first possession of the second half, leading 14-13, Concordia lost the football just before crossing the goal line and Northwestern recovered in the end zone to end the threat. Then late in the fourth quarter, Concordia attempted a two-point conversion that would have tied the score at 30 apiece. Quarterback Von Thomas lofted a pass to the right sideline for tight end Josh Slechta, who made the catch but was ruled out of bounds.
- Bryce Collins, a freshman running back from Boerne, Texas, carried 28 times for 110 yards, giving him his second 100-yard performance of the season. He leads the team with 487 rushing yards for an average of 69.6 per game, which ranks seventh best in the GPAC. Collins also scored three touchdowns on Saturday to put him in a tie with fellow freshman back Trey Barnes for the team lead.
- After a slow start that saw Concordia trail 13-0 only 5:54 into the first quarter, the Bulldogs responded with a great second quarter. The Bulldogs put together scoring drives of 91 and 35 yards to take a 14-13 lead heading into halftime. On the season, Concordia has outscored its opponents 65-10 in the second quarter. It has also topped its opponents in the first (27-20), third (41-25) and fourth quarters (61-28).
- The Bulldog defense continues to rank among the NAIA’s best despite giving up 228 yards on the ground in the loss. Concordia remains first nationally in scoring defense with an average of 11.9 points per game allowed. In addition, the unit ranks second in pass defense (132.1), second in pass defense efficiency (86.3), third in total defense (264.1), eighth in third down defense (29.0 percent) and 13th in fewest first downs allowed (114).
- Thomas finished 20-for-34 with 220 yards passing at Northwestern. Nine different receivers caught at least one pass with Brian Serra leading the team in catches (five for 39 yards) and Slechta topping the Bulldogs in yards (64 on four catches). Slechta’s 205 receiving yards on the season are a team best for a passing game that features many threats. Six different Bulldog pass catchers have more than 100 receiving yards.
- Concordia was one of five unbeaten teams left in the NAIA until Saturday’s loss. Four teams remain unbeaten, including GPAC-leading and No. 1-ranked Morningside. The Bulldogs are now one of nine one-loss teams across the NAIA.
- Sophomore Tait Sibbel picked off his team-leading third interception of the season on Saturday. He then raced 42 yards to the Northwestern 35-yard line to set up Thomas’ 25-yard touchdown pass to freshman Chevarius Curry-Felix near the end of the first half. Concordia has 12 interceptions on the season. Thomas has thrown only two interceptions compared to seven touchdown passes.
- The Bulldogs are back in Seward this Saturday for just their third home game so far this season. Concordia, who is 2-0 at home with wins over Hastings and Nebraska Wesleyan, will host Doane (3-3, 3-2 GPAC) at 1 p.m. Last season the Tigers defeated Concordia 17-7 in the regular-season finale in Crete. The Bulldogs struggled offensively and got their only touchdown on a 48-yard Darnell Woods interception return. Doane, who ranks second in the GPAC with an average of 33.0 points per game, holds wins over Northwestern, Hastings and Midland. Concordia is looking for its first win over Doane since a 23-10 victory in Crete on Oct. 29, 2005.
- A hot Bulldog team that had won five of its last six games enjoyed a mid-week bye before traveling to Orange City, Iowa, on Saturday in what ended up being a 2-0 loss. The two teams entered the contest separated by a single point in the GPAC standings. Concordia’s record moved to 8-6 overall and 4-2 in GPAC play. With its 12 conference points, the Bulldogs sit in fifth place in the GPAC.
- The latest affair marked the fifth time this season that head coach Jason Weides’ squad has been held scoreless. The Bulldogs have piled up 30 of their 31 goals in their eight wins, averaging 3.75 goals per contest in those games. Conversely, they have tallied only one combined goal in the six losses.
- Northwestern recorded the shutout despite Concordia getting off 17 shots, including eight on goal. The 17 shots were the second most this season in a losing effort. The Bulldogs suffered a tough-luck 1-0 home loss to Dordt on Oct. 1 when they came up empty on 24 shots.
- Senior forward Nathan Douglas tied Donal Landrum for a team high with four shots. Douglas has fired at least one shot in all 14 games this season and in 24-consecutive contests dating back to Sept. 29 of last season. The Winnipeg, Canada, native had scored in five of the last six games until being held off the scoreboard at Northwestern.
- The Bulldogs have just four more regular-season games remaining, including two the top-rated teams in the GPAC according to the national poll. Midland, which received votes in the latest coaches’ top 25 poll, will come to Seward on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. contest. The Warriors (11-1-2, 4-0-2 GPAC) are the team in the GPAC that has not lost a conference game. Concordia will also play at No. 10 Hastings (12-2, 5-1 GPAC) on Oct. 30. The Bulldogs’ final four opponents have a combined overall record of 35-17-4.
- Douglas and company now rank fifth in the GPAC in goals per game (2.21) and sixth in goals allowed per game (1.57).
- After Wednesday’s matchup with Midland, Concordia will host Briar Cliff (5-9, 2-4 GPAC) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on senior night. The Bulldogs’ two seniors – Douglas and Skylar Lewis will be honored for their contributions. Douglas ranks as one of the top players in program history with a school record 40 goals in 68 games as a Bulldog. Douglas has career highs this season in assists (5) and points (27) and has tied a career best with 11 goals.
- One more win would guarantee at least a .500 record in conference play for the second time in three years. Weides’ 2011 squad finished 5-3-2 in the GPAC on the way to a fifth-place standing. The top eight teams advance to the GPAC Tournament with the top four earning home-field advantage in the quarterfinal round.
- Like the men’s soccer team, head coach Greg Henson’s squad play just once last week after having a mid-week bye. Also like the men, the Bulldog women’s soccer team fell 2-0 at Northwestern on Oct. 19 on a blustery fall day. Concordia dropped to 6-7-1 overall and 2-4 in the GPAC (eighth place) despite putting up 20 shots to the Red Raiders’ 12.
- The 20 shots were the fourth-most Concordia has fired in a game this season and the most in any loss. The previous team high for shots in a defeat came in a 3-1 decision at Doane on Oct. 9. The Bulldogs average 14.93 shots per game with a season high of 35 coming in the 7-0 win over Grace University on Sept. 25.
- After going 3-1-1 from Sept. 21 to Oct. 5, Concordia has lost its last three contests – all within the conference. In the process, a season-long theme continued as the Bulldogs are now 0-7 when they fail to score at least two goals. They also fell to 1-6 when the opposition scores first.
- Senior Jordan Donohoue set a season high with seven shots in Saturday’s loss. The native of Manhattan, Kan., regarded as one of the team’s top players, moved into an attacking role in the contest at Northwestern and had what Henson called “a great game.” Donohoue served as a big reason why Concordia out-possessed the Red Raiders throughout much of the contest. In 66 career games, Donohoue has tallied 15 goals.
- Senior Louisa Mehl impressed Henson as she made her first start of the season on Saturday. She played the majority of the minutes in the midfield. The senior from Concordia, Mo., has four career goals in 29 games.
- Concordia played the final 32 minutes of Saturday’s game down a player after a red card. The Bulldogs still managed to compete favorably during that time, allowing only a 90-minute goal that was scored during a period in which Concordia had to focus most of its players on the attacking end in attempt to equalize late.
- Nine different Bulldogs took at least one shot at Northwestern with Donohoue leading the way with seven. Five different players took exactly two shots: Emily Fleming, Jordan McCoy, Rachel Mussell, Katrina Muther and Ashlie Sklenicka.
- Concordia ranks seventh in the GPAC in goals per game (1.93) and seventh in goals allowed per game (1.5). The Bulldogs hold a plus-six goal differential on the season.
- Henson’s crew will close the home portion of the regular-season schedule this week with games inside Bulldog Stadium on both Wednesday and Saturday. Midland (6-5-3, 4-2 GPAC) will serve as Wednesday’s opponent for a 5 p.m. game prior to Briar Cliff’s (9-4-1, 5-1 GPAC) visit on Saturday at 5 p.m. Concordia’s final four regular-season opponents own a combined record of 28-22-6.
- Saturday is senior day for both soccer programs. The following women’s soccer seniors will be honored: Kayla Asche, Donohoue, Fleming, Mehl and Jory Schweers.
- Head coach Kregg Einspahr’s squads have not competed since the NAIA Preview Meet on Oct. 12 in Lawrence, Kan. They look forward to the Mount Marty Invite this Saturday in Yankton, S.D. The first race gets started at 10:30 a.m. Last season the Bulldogs finished second on the men’s side and third on the women’s side at the Mount Marty Invite. Sarah Kortze won the women’s race by clocking in at 17:53.48. This Saturday’s meet will be the final competition before Concordia hosts the GPAC championship meet on Saturday, Nov. 9.
- Men’s season personal bests (top five in 8K races):
- Ben Sievert – 25:28 (NAIA Preview)
- Hayden Hohnholt – 26:24 (NAIA Preview)
- Jordan Potrzeba – 26:32 (NAIA Preview)
- Beau Billings – 26:43 (NAIA Preview)
- Charlie Bloomfield – 26:45 (NAIA Preview)
- Women’s season personal bests (top five in 6K races):
- Jessy Sweet – 19:35 (NAIA Preview)
- Kim Wood – 19:44 (NAIA Preview)
- Renee Williams – 20:29 (NAIA Preview)
- Ashley Canfield – 20:36 (NAIA Preview)
- Megan Burma – 20:46 (NAIA Preview)
- NOTES: Sievert has finished highest among Bulldog runners in each of the first 8K races of the season. His highest placement was eighth at the Woody Greeno Invite on Sept. 21. On the women’s side, Wood placed best among Concordia runners at two of the first three 6K meets. Her highest placement is 23rd at Woody Greeno. Sweet, a freshman from Colorado Springs, Colo., placed 53rd overall at the NAIA Preview meet to top all Bulldogs.
22 October 2013
Freshman Paige Getz