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Freshman Ashley Keck and senior Camryn Opfer block a shot from College St. Mary (Image credit: Lexi Swenson)
Jonas Sommerville
Sower Staff

The Concordia Bulldogs continue a dominant season after their victory against The College of Saint Mary Flames this Saturday. The Bulldogs asserted themselves as one of the best teams in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, sweeping the 13th-ranked Flames in Friedrich Arena as a part of the homecoming festivities this weekend.

The Bulldogs dominated the first set with a final score of 25-14. The second match was much more competitive, with Concordia coming from behind and winning 25-22. The Bulldogs then finished strong, defeating the Flames in the third set 25-12.

When asked how two straight sweeps felt after a loss to Midland on Wednesday, Coach Boldt stated, “It feels good. We’re always trying to stay true to what our core values are: love, trust, hardwork and sacrifice. I thought we worked really hard tonight. Our communication took a dip a little bit, but we got back to where we needed to be and we had a good result here.”

Sophomore Gabi Nordaker and freshman Ashley Keck led the team in kills with 13 apiece. Sophomore Carly Rodaway and junior Kaylee Wiltfong also had a solid outing with nine and eight kills respectively. Junior Bree Burtwistle led the team in assists with 43 of the team’s 45. Sophomore Rebecca Gebhardt had a very strong performance, leading the team with 16 digs. Junior Camryn Opfer also contributed 10 more digs to the team total of 47.

When asked what could be improved heading into a game against Mount Marty, Coach Boldt said, “We need to continue to work hard. I think our blocking will take things out of what others want to do. We need to play tough defense and stick together.”

The Concordia Bulldogs are now 12-1 overall and 3-1 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. They will play Mount Marty University on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Yankton, S.D.

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