While the season ended abruptly, the 2023 Concordia Volleyball team achieved great heights in rising to No. 1 in the NAIA coaches' poll, setting a program record for win percentage and sharing the GPAC regular season title.
The third and most consequential meeting this season between Concordia and Midland went the way of the Warriors. The GPAC rival outperformed the Bulldogs in serve and pass and sent Concordia home at 25-4 overall.
A group of four Bulldogs from the 2023 Concordia Volleyball team have been named NAIA West Central Region honorees by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. First team accolades went to Bree Burtwistle, Gabi Nordaker and Camryn Opfer.
The first two sets were a battle, but the fourth-ranked Bulldogs persevered and won in a sweep over No. 21 Montana Western on Wednesday (Nov. 29). As a program, Concordia has won 12 matches all-time at the national tournament.
Whatever the end result, emotions will run high for a group of Bulldogs who have been instrumental in the most successful period in the history of Concordia Volleyball. It's time for one last final site experience for nine Bulldogs.
Only one program nationally landed more student-athletes than Concordia on the list of 2023 NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Eighteen Bulldogs earned Scholar-Athlete status, including 11 repeat award winners.
Pool assignments for the 2023 NAIA Volleyball National Championship tournament have been locked in. As the No. 4 overall seed, the Bulldogs landed in Pool D along with Midland and Montana Western.
In making its final home appearance of 2023, fourth-ranked Concordia took care of business and advanced to the final site of the NAIA National Championship tournament. Camryn Opfer supplied 11 kills as the Bulldogs defeated Judson.
One of three Bulldogs to earn First Team All-GPAC accolades, Bree Burtwistle has been named the GPAC Setter of the Year. She was joined on the league's first team by teammates Gabi Nordaker and Camryn Opfer.
While making the program's sixth all-time national tournament appearance, Concordia Volleyball will host Judson in the NAIA Opening Round. Match time is set for 1 p.m. CT on Saturday from Friedrich Arena.
Bree Burtwistle knew her time was coming. It just took some patience and persistence before she could burst onto the scene as one of the NAIA's best setters. A transfer in her third year as a Bulldog, Burt is soaking up a 2022 season of winning with her best friends.
Three-straight NAIA top 15 finishes lead the Concordia Volleyball program into a 2022 campaign that comes with high hopes. The Bulldogs believe they are primed to take things a step farther after back-to-back national quarterfinal appearances.
Camryn Opfer has continued to make a name for herself within the community she has always called home. The Seward High School alum has a habit of playing big in big moments for a Concordia Volleyball program that has grabbed the national spotlight.
In terms of the approach and the goals of the Concordia Volleyball program, not much has changed since the 2021 season ended in the national quarterfinals. The Bulldogs grew in confidence this spring while 'leaning in' in anticipation of the 2022 campaign.
In a season that came with its share of challenges, the Bulldogs never gave up while advancing to the national quarterfinals for the second season in a row. The 2021 Bulldogs earned the program's best ever final national ranking.
Four years was just not enough for Tara Callahan, who returned to the Bulldogs in 2021 to provide steady leadership and consistently excellent play on the court. Her journey has included many mountaintop moments and unshakable bonds.
Ranked seventh in the NAIA in the preseason, Concordia Volleyball is ready to follow up a national quarterfinal run this past spring. "GPAC championship level effort" is the expectation.
As disjointed and unique as it was, the 2020-21 season provided plenty of rewards for staff, players and supporters of the Concordia Volleyball, which finished ranked No. 8 in the NAIA.
This wasn't exactly how they expected their senior seasons to look, but these Bulldogs aren't focusing on the negative. They are grateful for the chance to continue the program's rise.
Following a national tournament appearance in 2019, the Concordia Volleyball Program enters 2020 ready for big moments. The Bulldogs return four All-GPAC performers.