It took a full five sets to decide the 2023 GPAC tournament champion. Ultimately, the blocking of top-ranked Northwestern won out amidst a frenzied atmosphere inside the Bultman Center in Orange City, Iowa.
After sharing the GPAC regular season title, Concordia Volleyball will take aim at the program's first ever GPAC tournament championship. The fourth-ranked Bulldogs will take on the top-ranked Red Raiders in Saturday's title clash.
The fourth-ranked Bulldogs hit a sizzling .330 and scorched visiting Jamestown in the GPAC tournament semifinals on Wednesday (Nov. 8). Concordia has advanced to the conference final for the third-straight year.
Bree Burtwistle pulled in her sixth GPAC Setter of the Week award for 2023 following a week that included wins over No. 18 Midland and Dakota Wesleyan. Burtwistle ranks third nationally in assists per set.
For the fifth-straight year, Concordia has advanced to at least the semifinals of the GPAC tournament. After traveling to Jamestown for GPAC championship matches in 2021 and 2022, the Bulldogs will host the Jimmies in the 2023 semifinals.
Concordia Volleyball has advanced to the GPAC semifinals for the fifth year in a row. The Bulldogs got past DWU in three sets in the quarterfinals with the help of eight blocks from Gabi Nordaker.
Tournament time has arrived across the NAIA volleyball landscape. As the No. 2 seed in the GPAC, the Bulldogs will welcome seventh-seeded Dakota Wesleyan to Friedrich Arena for the conference quarterfinals on Saturday.
There were hugs all-around at night's end as the fourth-ranked Bulldogs celebrated a share of the GPAC regular season title. Coach Boldt and company accomplished that feat thanks to a four-set victory at No. 18 Midland.
The stakes will be high on Tuesday in Fremont as the fourth-ranked Bulldogs attempt to claim at least a share of the GPAC regular season title. Concordia stands at 13-2 in league play after wins last week over Mount Marty and Hastings.
Thanks to a senior day win over Hastings and a favorable result elsewhere in the GPAC, Concordia has pulled into a three-way tie for first place in the league standings. The Bulldogs used a gritty defensive effort to get it done on Saturday (Oct. 28).
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.
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.
On the strength of a 13-0 start to the season, Concordia Volleyball has leveled up to the NAIA No. 1 national ranking. The Bulldogs have reached that lofty perch for the first time in the program's history.
Four-consecutive trips to the final site of the NAIA National Championships lead the Concordia Volleyball program into 2023, or the “Jordan Year,” as the team has dubbed it. Coach Boldt's Bulldogs were picked to finish second in the GPAC.
All-American Gabi Nordaker may have turned down Concordia after the initial offer, but she's learned to love life as a Bulldog. In three collegiate seasons, Nordaker has been a major reason why the program has reached great heights.
Once Rachel Miller experienced it, she held on and never let go. The former All-American volleyball star and past Bulldog head coach remains deeply rooted within the Concordia and Seward and communities.
A veteran and battle-tested bunch of Bulldogs picked up where they left off in the fall and enjoyed a spring of continued development. The spring season, which included a matchup with a Big Ten foe, was about preparing to 'level up' in 2023.
Four seasons of college volleyball are in the books for Bree Burtwistle and Camryn Opfer, but they aren't ready to let go. The two All-Americans will return in 2023 in pursuit of a GPAC championship Concordia Volleyball covets.
It was another season of national prominence for Concordia Volleyball, which was led by a senior class that trusted the process throughout four years. The likes of Gabi Nordaker and Camryn Opfer helped lead the Bulldogs to a No. 4 national ranking.
It's a transcendent class that has helped Concordia Volleyball reach heights it had never before seen. Collectively, the group has set a new standard while living out the program's values: love, hard work, sacrifice and trust.