SEWARD, Neb. – Though most honors for the 2020-21 season have been put on hold, Midwest Sports Net announced All-Midwest Volleyball teams on Friday (Nov. 20). In representation of the Concordia University Volleyball program, senior setter Tara Callahan and freshman middle blocker Gabi Nordaker earned recognition on the All-Midwest second team. Midwest Sports Net considered NAIA volleyball players from the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
Callahan has established herself as one of the nation’s top setters. Over 15 GPAC regular-season matches this fall, Callahan played in all 50 sets and totaled 552 assists, 86 digs, 22 kills, 21 blocks and 13 aces. The Brady, Neb., native ranks fifth nationally with an average of 11.04 assists per set. She picked up a GPAC Setter of the Week award on Nov. 3. Callahan ranks third on the program’s all-time list with 3,306 career assists.
Nordaker has made an immediate impact as a rookie. The Omaha native has paced the Bulldogs with 61 blocks in 50 sets played. She has also accumulated 135 kills and sports a .287 hitting percentage. Nordaker has notched 10 or more kills seven times. Following a hot start to the season, Nordaker was named the GPAC and NAIA National Attacker of the Week on Sept. 22.
Concordia (12-3 GPAC) has finished playing this fall, but the season will resume during the spring 2021 semester. The Bulldogs have clinched the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament.