Bulldog Weekly Report
Bulldog Athletes of the Week
Male: Joel Kaldahl, Tennis
The junior from Spencer, Iowa, helped lead the Bulldogs to their first victory of the 2013 season with victories in singles and doubles against Simpson College on Feb. 22. Kaldahl and Mike McCartney combined for an 8-6 victory at No. 2 doubles. Then at No. 4 singles, Kaldahl defeated Dylan Hogan, 6-1, 6-1.
Female: Bailey Morris, Basketball
Morris posted a career high 28 points in Concordia’s GPAC semifinal loss to Northwestern on Feb. 23. The sophomore from Roseland, Neb., totaled 37 points and 12 steals in two GPAC Tournament games last week. She leads the team with eight games of 20 or more points this season. Her 3.23 steals per contest top the GPAC.
Concordia women’s basketball does the Harlem Shake: If you missed Concordia women’s basketball’s take on the Harlem Shake, check it out right HERE. Credit for the video footage and editing goes to assistant coach Thad Sankey.
Softball season gets started this week: Head coach Frank Greene’s softball squad will begin its 2013 season on Friday with three games at Oklahoma Baptist. The Friends University Tournament was canceled due to inclement weather. Check back on Thursday for a complete season preview.
Subscribe to Bulldog track and field on YouTube: Concordia track and field has created a YouTube channel. Check it out HERE and watch videos from competitions. Clips from this week’s national championships in Geneva, Ohio, will be posted there.
Follow Concordia baseball on Twitter: Bulldog baseball is now on Twitter. Find the team @cunebaseball and give it a follow! The 2013 season got underway over the weekend. If you missed the baseball season preview, click HERE.
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.
- The seventh-ranked Bulldogs completed action in the GPAC Tournament last week as they came up short in their bid to win the tournament for a second-straight year. Concordia began the week on Feb. 20 when it cruised to a 75-63 victory over seventh-seeded Dordt in the GPAC quarterfinals. The Bulldogs were then eliminated from the bracket by a hot Northwestern team, which escaped Walz with an 85-83 victory on Feb. 23. Head coach Drew Olson’s squad sits at 25-6 overall and now awaits Wednesday’s release of the NAIA Division II national tournament bracket.
- The victory over Dordt gave the Bulldogs their 25th of the season, marking the eighth time in the last 12 seasons that the program has reached the 25-win plateau. Over that 12-year period, Concordia boasts an overall record of 302-104 (.744). The school record of 36 wins occurred in 2002-03 when the Bulldogs reached the national semifinals. Only three teams in program history have eclipsed the 30-win mark.
- With a national ranking of seventh, Concordia is a lock to receive an invite to the national tournament for the 12th time in school history and for the fifth time in the last six years. All 11 appearances have come since 1992 with nine in the past 12 years. The Bulldogs carry an all-time national tournament record of 18-11 with three appearances in the national semifinals, including one last March.
- Sophomore guard Bailey Morris set a new career high with 28 points in the loss to Northwestern. The Roseland, Neb., native tallied the Bulldogs’ final 10 points of the game, including eight in the last 36 seconds as Concordia tried to pull it out of the fire down the stretch. Morris now has eight games with 20 or more points on the season – most on the team.
- Morris also took over the team and conference steals lead with eight thefts on Feb. 23. That performance gave her 100 steals on the season, two more than teammate Kristen Conahan. Morris ranks seventh nationally in steals and tops the GPAC with 3.23 per game. Her career high of nine steals in a single game came this season on Nov. 9 against Johnson & Wales (Colo.).
- Sophomore forward Jericca Pearson put together two strong games in the GPAC Tournament with a combined 31 points and 10 rebounds. Her 18 points off the bench in the victory over Dordt tied a career high. She also swatted three shots against the Red Raiders.
- The Bulldogs will enter the national tournament with several impressive wins on their season résumé having won five games against top 25 teams, including three over squads ranked in the top 10. Concordia owns a mark of 6-4 against ranked opponents. The six wins have come against Morningside (twice), Northwestern, Briar Cliff, Cumberlands (Ky.) and College of Saint Mary.
- Conahan continues to rank among the nation’s elite in several categories, including: sixth in 3-point field goals (90); eighth in steals (98); eighth in 3-point field goals per game (2.9); 10th in steals per game (3.16); 24th in total scoring (493); 37th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.70); 43rd in points per game (15.9) and 45th in 3-point field goal percentage (36.6).
- The national tournament bracket will include 32 teams with four separate sections seeded one through eight. For an example, check out last year’s bracket. The seeding and at-large berths are determined by the national coaches’ poll that will be released on Wednesday. The Bulldogs figure to garner a No. 2 or 3 seed. Last season Northwestern won the national title as a No. 2 seed.
- Of the 13 players on Concordia’s official national tournament roster, 10 have prior experience on the national stage. Senior Katie Rich leads the way with five career national tournament games over two appearances. Rich has averaged 17.0 points per game in those five contests, including two games of exactly 20 points at last year’s tournament. Rich earned First Team All-Tournament last season while Conahan was named Second Team All-Tournament.
- Check back on ConcordiaBulldogs.com Wednesday night for information on Concordia’s first round opponent and for a look at the complete tournament bracket.
- NOTE: all-conference teams will also be announced on Wednesday.
Track and Field
- Head coach Kregg Einspahr’s Bulldogs will complete the indoor season at this weekend’s 2013 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Geneva, Ohio, at the SPIRE Institute. The action will get started on Thursday afternoon and finish up late in the afternoon on Saturday. For the complete schedule of events, click HERE.
- Concordia will send a total of 26 athletes (15 men, 11 women) to compete at the national championships. Of the 26 Bulldog participants, just five are seniors, 10 are juniors, eight are sophomores and three are freshmen. Twelve of this year’s Concordia entrants also competed in the 2012 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships where junior Jamie Crouse and both men’s 4x400 and 4x800 meter relay teams captured All-America honors, among returning performers.
- “I think we’ve got several competitors who can place in All-American territory,” Einspahr said. “On the men’s side, I think Carson Farr in the pole vault and Colin Morrissey in the 3,000 meters both have an excellent chance to place in the top eight. On the women’s side, our strongest entrant would be Jamie Crouse in the weight throw. She sits very well on paper. She’s been throwing consistently well all season.”
- For the first time ever, the entire national championships will be video-streamed live and free by the NAIA. For more information, click HERE. For complete lists of individual qualifiers, click HERE.
- Remember that video highlights will also be placed on the new Bulldog track and field YouTube channel – youtube.com/BulldogTrackandField. This account currently contains three videos, two of which come from last year’s NAIA indoor championships.
- The Bulldog men resumed action on Feb. 22 and picked up their first win of the season – a 6-3 decision over visiting Simpson College, a member of the NCAA Division III Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Meanwhile, the Concordia women had the week off of competitions.
- The Bulldogs gained the upper hand over Simpson by winning all three doubles matches for a 3-0 lead heading into singles. Concordia’s Nathan Wingfield and Cole Egger dominated at No. 1 doubles with a snappy 8-1 win over Blake Billings and Alex Hook. Doubles pairs of Mike McCartney and Joel Kaldahl and Jonathan Douglas and Joe Vanderveld kept it rolling with victories at the Nos. 2 and 3 positions, respectively.
- “We came out and we were ready,” Bulldog head coach Amy Harms said. “I really liked how the guys started at doubles. We were aggressive, we were confident. I think even No. 3 doubles got down a little bit and just stayed with it and stayed confident to finish out. We were able to go into singles up 3-0, which was really nice.”
- Douglas, a sophomore from Fenton, Mo., continued his impressive evening by making quick work of Nathan Liston, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 5 singles. Douglas came to Concordia this past fall after taking a year away from the tennis courts. His return to the sport in Seward has had a positive impact on the university and upon Douglas, who used his smarts to gain the advantage over Liston. “Right in the warm up I noticed his backhand was kind of weak,” Douglas said. “So I just really continued to push after that. Once he started to favor that side I went to the forehand and opened up his backhand again. I just continued to push and push. For some reason tonight it all started to click.”
- The Bulldogs’ other singles wins came at spots 3 and 4 as McCartney (6-3, 7-5) preserved in a tough battle and Kaldahl cruised 6-1, 6-1. McCartney’s victory at No. 3 put the Bulldogs in front 5-2 and clinched the team win.
- All three of Concordia’s doubles pairs (Wingfield/Egger, McCartney/Kaldahl and Douglas/Vanderveld) now have season records of 1-1. Meanwhile, McCartney (No. 3), Kaldahl (No. 4) and Douglas (No. 5) each evened their singles records at 1-1 thanks to individual victories against the Storm.
- The schedule gets considerably busier this weekend for both Bulldog men’s and women’s tennis teams. Concordia will host a women’s and men’s doubleheader against Kansas Wesleyan on Friday before welcoming Tabor College (Kan.) into the Fieldhouse on Saturday. The action will begin with the women on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and again on Saturday at 10 a.m. The men’s matches will follow shortly after the conclusion of the women’s contests.
- Friday’s matches will be the season opener for both the Kansas Wesleyan men and women. On the other hand, Tabor’s men and women are both 0-1 with the loss coming to Newman University on Feb. 16.
- Cold winter temperatures around the Midwest continue to wreak havoc on the Concordia baseball squad's early-season schedule. Tuesday's scheduled doubleheader at Manhattan Christian College (Kan.) has been canceled due to inclement weather. These games are unlikely to be made up.
- The Bulldogs have now had three-consecutive doubleheaders wiped out by snow and cold winter weather. Head coach Jeremy Geidel's squad remains 0-4 on the season having played doubleheaders both on Feb. 16 and 17 at Bethany College (Kan.).
- Concordia's next scheduled games are for Friday and Saturday at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Okla. Weather.com is forecasting high temperatures in the low- to mid-40s with a 10 percent chance of rain for both days.
- The Bulldogs are scheduled to host their home-opening doubleheader on Tuesday, March 5 against in-state York College at 1 p.m. Concordia will then turn its attention to its spring break trip to Florida, where it is scheduled to play nine games between March 9 – 16.
- For up-to-date season statistics, click HERE.
26 February 2013
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the Concordia women's basketball version of the Harlem Shake.