SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia University Volleyball team has announced the addition of three varsity matches to the spring 2021 regular-season schedule. The changes are official as of Jan. 13. Head Coach Ben Boldt’s squad played 15 times during the typical fall season before wrapping up action for the calendar year 2020. The three new matches will serve as a precursor to the GPAC tournament, set to begin on April 3.
Varsity schedule additions for spring 2021:
· Wednesday, March 3 at Bellevue University (Bellevue, Neb.), 7 p.m.
· Wednesday, March 17 vs. Ottawa University (Friedrich Arena), 7 p.m.
· Saturday, March 27 at Grand View University (Des Moines, Iowa), Time TBA
All three matches will factor into Concordia’s overall regular-season record for 2020-21. The three-match slate in March will be a challenging one. Bellevue, Ottawa and Grand View each qualified for the 2019 national tournament. Back in the fall, Bellevue (4-1) played five matches, Ottawa (10-3) played 13 matches and Grand View (14-0) played 14 matches. Unbeaten Grand View owns a victory over Midland to its credit.
The GPAC managed to complete the conference regular-season schedule in the fall. The Bulldogs placed third with a 12-3 GPAC record. Unofficially, Concordia will be the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament and will host a GPAC quarterfinal match on Saturday, April 3. The dates for the proceeding rounds are April 7 for the semifinals and April 10 for the championship. The NAIA national tournament will get started with the opening round on April 17 prior to final site action (in Sioux City, Iowa) getting underway on April 27.
Additionally, the program has scheduled two junior varsity matches in March. The Bulldog JV team will be at Central Community College (Columbus, Neb.) on March 13 and at Hastings on March 24.
View the complete Concordia volleyball schedule HERE. Back in the middle of December, five Bulldogs earned All-GPAC honors: Tara Callahan (first team), Gabi Nordaker (second team), Camryn Opfer (second team), Arleigh Costello (honorable mention) and Marissa Hoerman (honorable mention).