Concordia announces webcast details for volleyball opening round

By Jacob Knabel on Nov. 18, 2015 in Volleyball

SEWARD, Neb. – For fans unable to attend the opening round of the 2015 NAIA Volleyball National Championships in person, Concordia University will be offering an opportunity to view Saturday’s match with Olivet Nazarene University via a pay-per-view webcast. The broadcast will be available at a charge of $8 via the Concordia Sports Network. Frank Greene will serve as the play-by-play voice.

The pay-per-view format represents a departure from regular-season and GPAC tournament webcasting, which is normally free for Bulldog fans. Concordia’s decision to use a pay-per-view format aligns with common practices among NAIA opening-round host institutions.

The differences for fans in the NAIA national tournament aren’t limited to webcasting. Per NAIA rules, admission will be charged for all fans (Booster Club passes will not be accepted) attending Saturday’s match. The cost will be $8 for adults and $5 for students with a college ID and $5 for individuals 18 and under. Many of the noticeable differences are the result of different cost structures for postseason play or NAIA host team contractual obligations. 

Concordia University invites the community to attend Saturday’s historic event held inside Walz Arena. Head coach Scott Mattera’s program will make its first-ever national tournament appearance when it takes the court for first serve at 1:30 p.m. CST. It will mark just the second time in school history that any Concordia athletic team has hosted a national championship event (2001 football playoffs).

It’s another step in elevating the national stature of Bulldog athletics following a GPAC All-Sports Championship season in 2014-15.

“We have a unique opportunity to host a national tournament event,” Director of Athletics Devin Smith said. “We’re proud of our volleyball team and the excitement it has generated. We are advocating that individuals come and support our outstanding student-athletes. Those who are not able to attend will still have the opportunity to watch via the webcast.”

There will not be radio coverage from 104.9 Max Country for the volleyball opening round match. Normal webcast and radio procedures will return for Saturday’s home basketball games (5 and 7 p.m. versus Morningside), which will be shown via the Concordia Sports Network at no cost. Matt Harab will call both basketball games versus Morningside for Max Country.