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The Concordian  - November 9, 2001 

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Good things ahead for men’s team
by Brian Field, The Concordian

Bigger, faster, and more athletic. That’s the theme for the 2001-02 Concordia Men’s basketball team.

With these tools, head coach Duane Siverson sees good things ahead for the Cobbers.

Along with the improved physical attributes, this team figures to get contributions from more players than in recent years. “This is the deepest team I’ve had in my 10 years as men’s coach,” Siverson said.

The Cobbers are going to use their depth to their advantage by playing tough defense, full-court pressing most of the game, and getting out and running the fastbreak when possible to wear down their opponents.

By doing these things the Cobbers look to improve on last season’s record of 15-11, 11-9 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and an appearance in the MIAC tournament. Although they lost their leading scorer in Joe Snowden and leading rebounder in Kermit Cooper, this year’s version figures to be more well balanced. The Cobbs return four starters in senior captains Robb Flint, Mike Syverson, and Jeff Ubben, as well as junior Chris Thomas. 

Along with the returning experience, Concordia also has four transfer players that look to step into the mix, including 6-foot-7-inch junior John Breneman, who before transferring, was a starter at North Dakota State University. 

As for how the MIAC will shake out, it figures to be a dogfight. The race for the championship could be won by a number of teams. Included in that list are last year’s MIAC playoff teams of Concordia, Gustavus, St. Thomas, Bethel, Augsburg and defending conference champion St. John’s. Many of them have a lot of returning players.

“The league is going to be the best it’s been in the last 15 years,” Siverson said.

Flint had the same sentiments. “Nothing will be easy, that’s for sure,” he said.

Syverson said that with Concordia’s size they will be able to match-up with everybody in the conference.

It is years like this that makes having an extended bench invaluable.

As for now, the Cobbers are busy learning the team schemes and working hard. They are in their fourth week of practice, which started Oct. 15.

Concordia opens the season at home against Minnesota State University-Moorhead on Nov. 17.

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Volleyball beats way back into spotlight
by Kara Murray, The Concordian

Although the season is now over, the MIAC will not forget the competition the Concordia women’s volleyball team gave them. 

Nobody was expecting the 10-19 record or fifth ranking season for the Cobbers this year, especially not the rest of the MIAC, seeing as how Concordia was expected to finish as one of the last teams in the conference. With a team comprised of freshmen and only one returning sophomore, who could blame them. 

“Nobody expected Concordia to do well,” defensive specialist Stacy Dschaak said. “When we took the court, the other teams weren’t expecting much of a challenge.” 

With an entirely new batch of players and experienced coaches to guide them through the season, the Cobbers managed to impress the competition despite the early questions of their ability. 

The Cobbers surprised the conference when they took down St. Thomas and St. Kate’s in their MIAC opening games. Then in the middle of the season, the team took off on a five game winning streak that brought them up to third in the conference.

“Everybody’s eyes opened when Concordia beat St. Thomas,” Dschaak said. “We have great passers and a good front row; everything came together well, and we worked well as a unit.”

The Cobbers ended their season last Tuesday as they fell to St. Mary’s 3-0 in their opening round of the MIAC conference play. 

Concordia started out slowly in the first game, trailing throughout and ending 30-17. The next two games they did better taking an early lead, but falling short later in the games 30-16 and 30-25. 

“Our passing didn’t go well,” Dschaak said. “It was not our night to play.”

The end of the season does not mean that the team will stop improving. With so many freshmen, the Cobbers know they are bringing potential for the coming seasons. They will work in the off season to build on the base they created this year.

“We have an excellent foundation for next year to keep building up and make it to the top,” Dschaak said. “When it seems that it is impossible, we can remember a team that gave it all and proved it on the court.”

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| 2001 Cobber Men's Golf
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