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.
The 2018 team's best run of volleyball came at the end of the season. That leap forward provided optimism that the program has truly embraced the #champsb4champs moniker. Concordia hopes to use it as a springboard.
Says head coach Ben Boldt of his team's early success, "I didn’t exactly know what the competition level was going to be like. We’re really just focused on ourselves right now and trying to be a better team."
It’s a fascinating new world for the Concordia University volleyball program, still working to identify itself in a new era. Head coach Ben Boldt is on the brink of making his debut as leader of the Bulldogs.
We wrap up the spring volleyball season with insights from head coach Ben Boldt on the changing dynamics within the program. The Bulldogs emphasized speed and urgency during the volleyball-filled spring.
Members of the Bulldog volleyball program say they're training like they've never trained before while embracing a new opportunity with head coach Ben Boldt. Said Tara Callahan, "Everyone’s a little fired up."
A native of Hickman, Neb., Ben Boldt is returning home to become head volleyball coach at Concordia. His wife Angie has also been named an assistant coach on the staff. Ben and Angie previously coached at Hendrix College.
A retooled Concordia volleyball program has hopes of a bounce back 2017 season. The Bulldogs will have a completely new identity after graduating a bevy of four-year starters. Head coach Scott Mattera enters his sixth year at Concordia.
With the help of a native of Frankenmuth, Mich., the Concordia volleyball team hopes to Baarck back in 2017. A transfer from Mott Community College will help lesson the blow caused by the graduation of an accomplished senior class.
The 2017 Concordia volleyball team will look very different than the 2016 version. The Bulldogs spent this spring adjusting to life without an accomplished senior class. Head coach Scott Mattera discussed the status of the program.
The Concordia volleyball program entered this fall with high hopes. The team's 15-19 overall record was not what anyone associated with the program had in mind, but the outlook is positive for 2017 and beyond.