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 odds said Concordia volleyball had almost no chance of winning when it trailed 24-19 in the third set versus Morningside on Sept. 17. The Bulldogs then rallied for perhaps the greatest comeback in program history.
The Concordia volleyball program hopes to continue its upward trajectory with a big 2016 season. Scott Mattera's squad is loaded with key returners from its 2015 national tournament qualifier.
A talented, fun-loving group of seniors helped Concordia volleyball to new heights in 2015. Now they look forward to even bigger goals in 2016.
Yes, baseball pitching drills were part of the spring secret to gaining more explosiveness at the net. Head coach Scott Mattera also believes his team made strides this spring in regards to its passing.
In 2015, the Concordia volleyball team set new records and achieved goals that had never been reached in the history of the program. After a 10-21 season in Scott Mattera’s first year in 2012, the head coach developed a team that improved to 26-9 in the most recent season.
The current class of Concordia volleyball seniors knows exactly what it’s like to watch a program rise from near the bottom of the conference to the heights of a national tournament berth.
The making of a national tournament volleyball team at Concordia did not happen overnight. The core of the first Bulldog squad ever to break through and reach the national tournament all arrived in the last two to four years.
A fifth-straight appearance in the Tachikara - NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll yielded the first top-15 ranking for the Concordia University volleyball program since October of 2000.
As her college head coach looked on, Carli (Smith) Lindeman worked the sideline at Heartland Lutheran High School like a savvy veteran.