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4/21 2004 Cobber Volleyball Schedule is Now Online.

12/01 Jacki Barten Makes Cobber Volleyball History!! Becomes First-Ever All-American!!
           | Complete AVCA All-American Details |
Jacki Barten
Jr.
Melrose, Minn.
Became the first player in Cobber volleyball history to be to receive AVCA All-American honors.

(December 1, 2003)-- Concordia junior middle blocker Jacki Barten (Jr., Melrose, Minn./Melrose HS) was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American Third Team. She becomes the first player in the history of the Cobber volleyball program earn All-American honors. 

Barten was one of only three players to be named to the AVCA All-American teams. The St. Thomas tandem of Amie Aschenbeck and Jane Gibbs both earned All-American Second team honors. It is the second consecutive year that Gibbs has been named to the All-American Team. 

Earlier, Barten was named to the AVCA Central Region First Team. She also earned MIAC All-Conference honors for the third year in a row. 

The award caps off a banner year for the Cobbers. A year in which the team won the MIAC playoff championship for the first time in school history and advanced to the NCAA playoffs for the first time since the 1996 season. The Cobbers also won their first round playoff game which was another first in program history. Concordia finished the season with a 26-8 record and an 8-3 mark in the MIAC. Concordia was the only school from the MIAC to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament, and finished the year with the third highest win total in school history. 

Barten finished the regular season with a team-high 452 kills, a .327 hitting percentage and 158 blocks. It is the third straight year that she has led the Cobbers in both categories. Her block total tied the school record for total blocks in a single season. She earned All-MIAC honors for the third straight season. She was named the MVP of the Saint Benedict Tournament and also helped push Concordia to the brink of beating MIAC regular season champion St. Thomas. Barten now has 1,040 career kills which places her fifth on the school's all-time list. She also has amassed 381 blocks in her three years, which is second on the school's all-time chart.

11/20 Four Cobbers Earn AVCA All-Region Honors.
           | Complete AVCA Central Region Volleyball Team Details |
The quartet of Cobbers that earned AVCA Central Region honors. Back row (L-R) Amy Fitzner, Rebecca Shane and Jacki Barten. Fitzner was named to the Central Region Honorable Mention Team. Shane earned Region Freshman of the Year honors. Barten was named to the All-Region Team.  Front row - Jessica Walden was named to the Central Region Honorable Mention Team. 

Four Concordia women's volleyball players earned American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Central Region honors. Jacki Barten (Jr., Melrose, Minn./Melrose HS) was named to the All-Region Team, while  Amy Fitzner (Jr., Valley City, N.Dak./Valley City HS) and Jessica Walden (Jr. Hawley, Minn./Hawley HS) were all named to the All-Region Honorable Mention Team. Rebecca Shane (Fr., Detroit Lakes, Minn./Detroit Lakes HS) was named Central Region Freshman of the Year. It is the first time for all four players to be awarded region honors.

The quartet of players helped Concordia to their best season ever. The Cobbers finished the season with a 26-8 record, and earned a bid to the NCAA tournament - the third time in school history. They won their first round match against Elmhurst (IL) before losing to region champion UW-La Crosse in the semifinal of the region. The win against Elmhurst marked the first time in program history that Concordia had won a NCAA playoff match. The team earned the NCAA berth by winning the championship of the MIAC postseason tournament. It was the first time that the Cobbers had ever won the MIAC playoff championship. 

Barten finished the regular season with a team-high 452 kills, a .327 hitting percentage and 158 blocks. It is the third straight year that she has led the Cobbers in both categories. Her block total tied the school record for total blocks in a single season. She earned All-MIAC honors for the third straight season. She was named the MVP of the Saint Benedict Tournament and also helped push Concordia to the brink of beating MIAC regular season champion St. Thomas. Barten now has 1,040 career kills which places her fifth on the school's all-time list. She also has amassed 381 blocks in her three years, which is second on the school's all-time chart.

Fitzner was named to the MIAC All-Conference team for the second straight season. She led the Cobbers in kills during the MIAC season by averaging 4.03 per game. She was fifth in the league in that category. For the entire season, she finished third on the team in kills (332) and third in digs (3134). Fitzner was named the MIAC Hitter of the Week once during the season. Fitzner won the award on October 21 following a week in which she helped lead Concordia to three key MIAC wins. In the trio of victories over St. Catherine's (3-0), Gustavus (3-1) and Carleton (3-1), she average 5.3 kills per game and 4.1 digs per game. She led Concordia in kills all three matches. That string of matches came during a longer streak where Fitzner single-handedly carried the weight of the Cobber frontline. In an eight match span, she led the team in kills seven times and helped the Cobbers clinch a spot in the playoffs.

Walden caps her most storied season of her career. Like Fitzner, she was named to the MIAC All-Conference team for the second consecutive year. She broke the school record for assists in a career, and has now totaled 3,251 assists in her first three years. She finished the 2003 season with 1,142 assists - her second highest total of her career. She helped the Cobbers earn their first NCAA tournament bid in seven years and finish second in the MIAC regular season. She was the leader of the Cobber offense that finished second in the league in hitting percentage (.238), kills (15.27/game) and assists (13.34/game).

Shane adds Region Freshman of the Year honors to her MIAC Rookie of the Year award.  She  made a huge impact on the Concordia offense by giving the team a dangerous third option. She finished second on the team in kills (360), hitting percentage (.275) and blocks (124). She was also named the MIAC Hitter of the Week, giving the team four different players to earn MIAC Player of the Week honors in a single season. She won the award after helping Concordia secure second place in the MIAC by beating St. Ben's in the last regular season game of the year. She hit a match-high .432, recorded a team-high 17 kills,  made only one error at the net and collected 6 blocks. (More)

11/20 Cobbers Ranked 25th in Latest AVCA National Poll.
For the first time since the 1996 season, Concordia is nationally ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III poll. The Cobbers are ranked 25th in the AVCA poll that was released on November 19. The only other MIAC to make the poll was St. Thomas, who is ranked 17th. 

Concordia finished the year with a 26-8 record and lost in the semifinals of the NCAA Midwest Regional. The Cobbers advanced to the NCAA tournament by beating Carleton in the MIAC tournament championship. 

11/18 Jessica Walden Named to the Verizon Academic All-District Second Team.
           | Complete Details of the Verizon Academic All-District Team |
Jessica Walden
Jr.
Hawley, Minn.
Became the first player in program history to be named to the Verizon Academic All-Disctict Team.

Junior setter Jessica Walden Jessica Walden (Jr. Hawley, Minn./Hawley HS) was named to the prestigious Verizon Academic All-District Second Team. The award honors the top student/athletes in each sport and is voted on by Sports Information Directors from across the region.

Walden was one of six players named to the all-district second team. There are three teams selected from each division with the members of the first team becoming eligible to be named to the Verizon Academic All-American Team.

There were 18 players honored on three teams from 100 nominees -- including 28 with gpas of 3.80 or higher -- in District Five, which includes Division II and III and NAIA teams. It is one of the most difficult districts in any sport.

Walden, a 4.0 Biology major, was one of five players from the MIAC to be named to the Verizon Academic All-District Teams. Emily Buehler from St. Thomas was the the lone MIAC first-team honoree. Joining Walden on the second team were St. Thomas' Kristin Pins, Gustavus' Rachel Batladen and Hamline's Laura Fleischmann.

Walden is the first player in volleyball history to be named to the Verizon Academic All-District Team. (More)

11/18 Final Installment of "Road to the NCAA Playoffs" Journal Now Online.
           | "Road to the NCAA Playoffs" Journal

11/15 Fourth Installment of "Road to the NCAA Playoffs" Journal Now Online.
           | "Road to the NCAA Playoffs" Journal

11/14 Cobbers' Season Ends With 3-1 Loss in NCAA Regional Semifinals.
| Box Score | Unofficial Play-by-Play | Regional Information and Bracket | Archived Broadcast |
| Game 1: Concordia 24, UW-La Crosse 30 | Game 2: Concordia 21, UW-La Crosse 30 |
| Game 3: Concordia 34, UW-La Crosse 32 | Game 4: Concordia 23, UW-La Crosse 30 |

11/14 Third Installment of "Road to the NCAA Playoffs" Journal Now Online.
           | "Road to the NCAA Playoffs" Journal

11/13 Cobbers Beat Elmhurst (IL) 3-1 to Earn First-Ever NCAA Tournament Win!!
| Box Score | Unofficial Play-by-Play | Regional Information and Bracket | Archived Broadcast |
| Game 1: Concordia 30, Elmhurst 21 | Game 2: Concordia 25, Elmhurst 30 |
| Game 3: Concordia 30, Elmhurst 25 | Game 4: Concordia 30, Elmhurst 26 |
Amy Fitzner
Jr.
Valley City, N.Dak.
Led the Cobbers to a 3-1 first-round win over Elmhurst by picking up 21 kills and 7 blocks.

The Cobbers came out strong, capturing the momentum early in game one. They jumped to a 4-0 lead and never trailed in the game, trading points with the Bluejays and eventually stretching the lead at the end and earning a 30-21 game one win. The Cobbers again started strong in game two, taking an early 8-3 lead, but the Bluejays bounced back and tied the game at 14-14. Then the teams traded points, but the Bluejays eventually opened up a lead and rode it to a 30-25 victory, tying the match at 1-1. In Game 3, the Cobbers continued their trend of starting strong, jumping to an 8-4 lead. They then utilized a strong offensive game, as well as some timely blocks, to open up a comfortable 24-14 lead. The Bluejays mounted a bit of a rally, but the Cobbers held on for a 30-25 win in the pivotal third game. Game 4 was easily the closest of the match, with the teams trading points early, fighting to a 9-9 tie. The Cobbers then went on a roll, opening up an 18-13 lead, but it was quickly answered by the Bluejays, and the teams were again tied, this time at 20-20. The game swung at this point, though, as the Bluejays notched four consecutive attack errors, giving the Cobbers a 24-20 lead. After that, the Bluejays never got closer than three points, and the Cobbers scored a 30-26 win, taking the first round match 3-1 over Elmhurst.

Leading the way individually for the Cobbers were their two front-line hitters. Amy Fitzner (Jr., Valley City, N.Dak./Valley City HS) dominated the action, picking up a match-high 21 kills. Jacki Barten (Jr., Melrose, Minn./Melrose HS) also played well, notching 15 kills. Jessica Walden (Jr. Hawley, Minn./Hawley HS) had a stellar match, serving up 45 assists. The Cobber blockers also came up big, collecting a total of 12 blocks. Rebecca Shane (Fr., Detroit Lakes, Minn./Detroit Lakes HS) assisted on seven of them, while Barten assisted on five. Fitzner picked up a solo block and assisted on six. For the Bluejays, Lisa Denman was the only player to notch double-digit kills, picking up 15. Regina Morrone picked up 25 assists, as well as four service aces. Kelly Cusack led the defense, going high for 2 solo and 2 assisted blocks.

The next match for the Cobbers will be played Friday night at 7:00 against the host team, #1 seed UW-La Crosse. The Eagles earned the top seed by winning the very competitive Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) for the first time in school history. They are ranked 8th in the latest AVCA national poll, making them the highest-ranked opponent for the Cobbers this season. Despite the difference in rankings (the Cobbers have not appeared in the top 25 all season) the matchup is an intriguing one on paper. An analysis of common opponents shows two very comparable teams. Both teams posted identical results against three common MIAC foes. Both teams swept Augsburg 3-0, lost to St. Mary's 3-1, and lost to St. Thomas 3-2. The Cobbers only played one team from the WIAC this season, beating UW-Superior 3-0 late in the year. The Eagles also defeated Superior, once by a score of 3-0 and again by a score of 3-2. The regional semifinal match shapes up to be a very closely played match. Tune in tomorrow night for our second ever volleyball webcast, starting at approximately 7:00.

11/12 Second Installment of "Road to the NCAA Playoffs" Journal Now Online.
           | "Road to the NCAA Playoffs" Journal

11/11 First Installment of "Road to the NCAA Playoffs" Journal Now Online.
           | "Road to the NCAA Playoffs" Journal

11/10 NCAA Division III Central Region Homepage.
           | Team Information and Bracket

11/10 Directions to UW-La Crosse Arena from Concordia.
           | Mapquest Direction Link | Driving Directions on UW-La Crosse Page

11/09 Cobbers to Play Elmhurst (IL) at UW-La Crosse in 1st Round of NCAA Tournament.
           | Complete NCAA Division III Volleyball Playoff Bracket (pdf) | 
Central Region Team Pages: Elmhurst | UW-Whitewater | Lakeland | UW-La Crosse | UW-River Falls
Concordia will face Elmhurst (29-10) of Illinois in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The central regional will be held at UW-La Crosse starting on Thursday, November 13 at 4:30pm (CST). The winner of the regional quarterfinal match will play host, top-seed UW-La Crosse (31-5). Concordia is seeded fifth in the regional while Elmhurst captured the fourth seed. 

The Cobbers advanced to the NCAA tournament by winning the MIAC tournament championship against Carleton on Saturday night. Concordia swept both matches in the conference tournament and have won their last 7 matches and 12 of their last 13. They have also swept six of their last seven matches. Concordia will be making their first appearance in the NCAA tournament since the 1996 seasonwhen they lost in the first round to St. Olaf. Overall, it is the program's third appearance in the NCAA postseason tournament. The only other appearance was in 1995 when they lost to the University of Dubuque (IA) in the first round. 

The Bluejays advanced to the NCAA postseason by winning the Collegiate Conference of Illinois-Wisconsin (CCIW) championship for the fourth straight season. Although they lost their final match of their tournament, they had acquired enough points through the regular season to claim the title. The Bluejays finished the season with nine total league points (teams are awarded a point for each regular season and tournament win) good for sole possession of first place in the CCIW. Before the loss to Carthage in the final match, they had won 13 straight matches. Elmhurst is making its fourth consecutive appearance in the tournament. Last year they lost in the region championship to UW-Whitewater. The Blue Jays have played in the NCAA tournament a total of 11 times in school history. They were the national champions in 1983 and 1985 and runner-up in 1987. 

The teams have only one common opponent. Both the Cobbers and the Blue Jays played UC-Santa Cruz and both teams swept the Banana Slugs. Concordia won 30-20, 30-16, 30-8 while Elmhurst cruised to a 30-24, 30-24, 30-19 victory. 

The other first round match of the regional will feature #3 UW-Whitewater (27-9) against #6 Lakeland College (21-15). The winner of that match will play #2 UW-River Falls (34-5) in the other regional semifinal. The semifinal matches will be played on Friday, November 14 while the championship match of the regional will be played on Saturday, November 15.  The winner of the regional will advance to play in the elite eight at one of the host institutions. 

11/08 Cobbers Win MIAC Playoff Championship!! Cobbers Win MIAC Playoff Championship!!
           - Jacki Barten and Amy Fitzner Named to the MIAC All-Tournament Team.
           | Action Picture Page 1 | Action Picture Page 2 |
| Game 1: Concordia 30, Carleton 19 | Game 2: Concordia 32, Carleton 30 | Game 3: Concordia 30, Carleton 22 |

The 2003 MIAC Playoff Champion Concordia Cobbers.

(Moorhead, Minn.)-- Concordia rode the killer jump serve of Kris Sather (Jr., Fosston, Minn./Fosston HS) and swept Carleton 3-0 (30-19, 32-30, 30-22) in the championship game of the MIAC tournament. With the win, the Cobbers advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1996. Concordia has now won their last 7 matches and 12 of their last 13. They have also swept six of their last seven matches.

The turning point in the match came mid way through the first game when Sather started to serve with the score tied at 9-9. Concordia rattled off nine straight points, including five service aces, to gain control of the game at 18-9. The Cobbers pushed the lead to ten at 23-13 before closing out the game at 30-19. 

In the second game, Sather got control of the serve with Concordia trailing 12-6 and when she wwas finished - the Cobbers had pulled to within 12-9. Concordia was able to creep to within one at 20-19 before Sather came back to the service line. She proceeded to help Concordia win seven straight points and pull away to a 26-20 lead. The Knights mounted a comeback at the tail end of the game and saved five game points to tie the score at 29-29. Concordia received a kill from Jacki Barten (Jr., Melrose, Minn./Melrose HS) to go up by one and then Carleton tied the game at 30-30 on a kill by Lizzy Erickson. The Cobbers scored the final two points of the game on a kill by Sather and an attack error by Carleton.

In the third, and final, game - the Cobbers seized control after the score was tied at 17-17. Concordia scored 5 consecutive points and 13 of the final 18 points. Match point came on Jessica Walden's (Jr. Hawley, Minn./Hawley HS) serve as Sather and Barten were able to block the final attack by the oversized Carleton frontline.

Four Cobbers had at least 10 blocks in the match as the team had a .276 hitting percentage for the three games. Amy Fitzner (Jr., Valley City, N.Dak./Valley City HS) had a match-high 14 kills, while Danielle Schmiesing (Jr., Sauk Centre, Minn./Sauk Centre HS) followed with 12 kills. Barten finished with 10 kills and first-year middle blocker Rebecca Shane (Fr., Detroit Lakes, Minn./Detroit Lakes HS) chipped in another 10. Walden continued to show her mastery of the Cobber offense and tallied a match-high 45 assists. Rhiannon Grimm (Jr., Hazen, N.Dak./Hazen HS) had a match-high 18 digs in the championship effort. 

Carleton only had two players with over nine kills in the match as Concordia held the Knights to a .169 hitting percentage. Beth Freeman had a team-high 13 kills and Lizzy Erickson put down 10 of her own. Katie Haldy had 21 assists and Katie Freeman had a team-high 17 digs. 

Concordia improves their overall record to 25-7 and will await the announcement of the NCAA pairings. The tournament bracket will be released on 12:00am Monday morning via the NCAA website at: www.ncaasports.com/volleyball/womens

11/06 Cobbers Sweep Their Way Into MIAC Championship!!
            - Jacki Barten Records Her 1,000th Career Kill!!
           | Action Picture Page |
| Game 1: Concordia 30, Bethel 16 | Game 2: Concordia 30, Bethel 24 | Game 3: Concordia 31, Bethel 29 |

11/05 Four Cobbers Earn MIAC Postseason Awards!!
           | Complete MIAC All-Conference Volleyball Team Details |

11/03 Rebecca Shane and Jessica Walden Named MIAC Players of the Week.
Rebecca Shane (Fr., Detroit Lakes, Minn./Detroit Lakes HS) and Jessica Walden (Jr. Hawley, Minn./Hawley HS) were named MIAC Players of the Week for their performances against St. Ben's that enabled Concordia to secure second place in the MIAC regular season. Shane was named the MIAC Hitter of the Week while Walden was named the MIAC Co-Setter of the Week. It is the first time that Shane has won player of the week honors. Walden, who shared the award with St. Bens' libero Laura Zwach, has now won the award three times this season and it is the sixth time in her career that she has been honored with the award.

Concordia players have now won the player of the week honors for four consecutive weeks. All totaled, four different Cobbers have claimed player of the week honors in 2003 and those four players have combined to win the award six times.

Shane earned the award for her outstanding play in the Cobbers' crucial match against the Blazers. She hit a match-high .432, recorded a team-high 17 kills and made only one error at the net. In addition, Shane collected 6 blocks in a dominant performance on the frontline.

Walden continued her mastery of the Cobber offense by recording 62 assists and habitually giving the Cobber frontline easy passes to put down for winners. With her 62 assists she broke the school record for assists in a career. She pushed her season total to 978 and her career mark to 3,087. She broke the record held by Marsha Suko ('97) who amassed 3,039 during her career. 

10/29 Cobbers Beat St. Ben's 3-1  to Claim 2nd Place in MIAC. 
            | Concordia 3, St. Ben's 1
            - Jessica Walden Breaks School's All-Time Assist Record!!

10/25 Cobbers Make Clean Sweep of St. Ben's Invitational.
           | Match 3: Concordia 3, Farmingdale 0 | Match 4: Concordia 3, St. Ben's 0 |
           | Official Tournament Website |
- Jacki Barten named tournament MVP
- Amy Fitzner and Rebecca Shane named to the All-Tournament Team

10/24 Cobbers Sweep Through Opening Day of St. Ben's Invite.
           | Match 1: Concordia 3, St. Ben's 0 | Match 2: Concordia 3, UW-Superior 0 |

10/22 Cobbers Lose to MIAC Champion St. Thomas in 5-Game Thriller.
           | Concordia 2, St. Thomas 3 | Action Picture Page |

10/21 Amy Fitzner Named MIAC Hitter of the Week.
Concordia junior outside hitter Amy Fitzner (Jr., Valley City, N.Dak./Valley City HS) was named the MIAC Hitter of the Week for her performance in the Cobbers' three MIAC victories last week.

Fitzner continued her outstanding play in three crucial conference victories this week. Fitzner's intensity and desire inspired the Cobbers and helped her to average 5.3 kills per game and 4.1 digs per game in Concordia's wins over St. Catherine's (3-0), Gustavus (3-1) and Carleton (3-1). Fitzner led Concordia in kills all three matches. She has now led the team in kills in seven of the past eight matches. 

She, along with middle hitter Jacki Barten (Jr., Melrose, Minn./Melrose HS), provided Concordia with almost two-thirds of the team's kills during the three matches.

It is the first time this season that Fitzner was been awarded player of the week honors. She joins teammate Jessica Walden as the only Cobber players to win the award this year. 

10/18 Cobbers Impressive Again in 3-1 Win Over Carleton.
         | Concordia 3, Carleton 1 |

10/17 Cobbers Overcome Slow Start to Beat Gustavus 3-1.
         | Concordia 3, Gustavus 1 |

10/13 Cobbers Make Short Work of St. Kate's, Win 3-0. 
         | St. Kate's 0, Concordia 3 |

10/13 Jessica Walden Named MIAC Co-Setter of the Week.
Concordia setter Jessica Walden (Jr. Hawley, Minn./Hawley HS) was named the MIAC Co- Setter/Defensive Player of the Week. 

Walden had a tremendous match in the Cobbers 3-0 win over Bethel on Wednesday. She recorded 44 assists, an average of almost 15 assists per game, while leading Concordia to its fourth conference victory this season.

She now has 2,741 assists in her three-year career at Concordia. She needs 299 more assists to break the school's all-time assist record which is held by Marsha Suko who had 3,039 assists from 1994-96.

It is the second time that she has been named MIAC Setter/Defensive Player of the Week this season. She won the award on September 22 for her performance at the Cobber Invitational. For her career, it is the fifth time that she has won player of the week honors. 

10/08 Cobbers Step Up in the Clutch, Sweep Bethel 3-0.
         | Concordia 3, Bethel 0 | Action Picture Page |

10/03 Cobbers Rally to Beat Hamline in Five Games. 
         | Concordia 3, Hamline 2 | Action Picture Page |

9/27 Cobbers Lose Second Straight Match, 3-1 to St. Olaf.
         | Concordia 1, St. Olaf 3 |

9/26 Cobbers Drop First MIAC Match; Lose to St. Mary's 3-1.
         | Concordia 1, St. Mary's 3

9/24 Cobbers Win Second MIAC Match, 3-1 over Macalester.
         | Concordia 3, Macalester 1 |

9/22 Jessica Walden Named MIAC Setter of the Week.
Concordia setter Jessica Walden (Jr. Hawley, Minn./Hawley HS) was named the MIAC Setter/Defensive Player of the Week. 

Walden played a key role in Concordia's 4-1 record over the past week. In the Cobbers' lone MIAC match, a 3-0 sweep over Augsburg, she had 27 set assists, 8 kills, no errors and had a .615 attack pct. In the Cobber Invitational she had 97 assists and helped Concordia to a 3-1 record over the two days.

For the week she averaged 8 assists per game. She now has 2,529 assists in her three-year career at Concordia. She needs 511 more assists to break the school's all-time assist record which is held by Marsha Suko who had 3, 039 assists from 1994-96. 

9/20 Cobbers Win Two on Day Two of Concordia Invitational.
         | Concordia 3, Finlandia 0 |
         | Concordia 3, Valley City State 0 |
         | Complete Tournament Results and Schedule | All-Tournament Team |

9/19 Cobbers Split Two Matches on First Day of Concordia Invitational.
         | Si Tanka-Huron 3, Concordia 0 |
         | Concordia 3, Minot State 1 |
         | Complete Tournament Results and Schedule |

9/17 Cobbers Sweep MIAC Opener.
         | Concordia 3, Augsburg 0 | Action Picture Page |

9/12 Schedule for Cobber Tournament Now Online.
         | Complete Schedule for Cobber Tournament |

9/11 Cobbers Win Home Opener, 3-1 over Mayville State.
         | Concordia 3, Mayville State 1 | Action Picture Page |

9/06 Cobbers Win Two More Matches, but Fall to NYU in Finals to Take Second.
         | Concordia 3, UC-Santa Cruz 0 |
         | Concordia 3, Skidmore 0 |
         | NYU 3, Concordia 1 |

9/05 Cobbers Sweep First Two Matches at Ithaca (NY) Tournament.
         | Concordia 3, Oswego 0 |
         | Concordia 3, Ithaca 0 |

9/02 Walden and Barten Lead Cobbers Over UM-Morris.
         | Concordia 3, UM-Morris 1 |

8/30 Cobbers Finish With Tournament Split at MSU-Moorhead.
         | Match 1: Concordia 1, Bemidji State 3 |
         | Match 2: Concordia 3, Dakota Wesleyan 1 |
         | Match 3: Concordia 2, MSU-Moorhead 3 |
         | Match 4: Concordia 3, Valley City Sate 0 |

8/27 Cobbers Picked 5th in MIAC Coaches Preseason Poll.
          | Complete Preseason Poll | MIAC Volleyball Preview Page |

8/26 Concordia Volleyball Preview for 2003 is Now Online. 
          | Complete 2003 Volleyball Preview |
The Cobber starting six have gone through two years of development and are poised to break into the elite of the MIAC in 2003. 

Like a lidded pot on the stove that has been left too long, the 2003 Concordia volleyball team is starting to feel the pressure build from within. All six starters for the Cobbers are returning this season and five of the six have been starters since their first year in the program in 2001. Now the returning sextet will be called to make the final push into the top three of the MIAC. Last year the Cobbers made the league playoffs by finishing in a tie for fourth place. After dispatching St. Ben's in the first round of the playoffs, Concordia fell to regular season champion St. Thomas in the semifinals.

Now that head coach Tim Mosser and his well-developed Cobber squad have had a taste of the postseason, the expectation to improve on last year's finish is starting to build. Two-time All-MIAC hitter Jacki Barten (Jr., Melrose, Minn./Melrose HS) is on track to become one of the school's all-time leaders in kills. In her first two seasons she has amassed 588 winners to go along with 223 blocks. Last year she finished the regular season with a team-high 358 kills and 112 blocks. Her 112 blocks was the tenth most on the school's all-time single season block list. She was second in the MIAC in hitting percentage (.334), third in blocks (47) and sixth in kills (154). She was named the MIAC Hitter of the Week on September 24 for her performance in wins over St. Catherine and Mayville State.

Concordia will take an extended trip at the beginning of the season. They will take their act to New York to compete in the Ithaca Tournament. That weekend will go a long way in helping Mosser judge just how the junior-laden Cobbers are progressing. Other key matches include home dates with Bethel (Oct. 9) and St. Thomas (Oct. 22) and an away battle with St. Olaf (Sept. 27). All three of those teams have finished in the top three of the league the past two seasons, and all three will hold the key to turning the building pressure into the steam that will drive the Cobbers engine towards the top of the MIAC in 2003. (Continued)

7/20 Insurance, Returning Athlete, & 1st Year Participation Forms are Now Online.

4/02 Cobber Volleyball Schedule for 2003 Now Online.
      | Tentative 2003 Volleyball Schedule

2/17 2003 Cobber Volleyball Camp Information Now Online.
        | Camp Information | Camp Registration Form |
 
 
 
 
 

 

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