Photo Courtesy of @cunevolleyball
by Elisha Meyer
The dream is very much alive for the Concordia Bulldogs volleyball team, who brought its national tournament pool play record to 2-0 with a Wednesday night sweep of the University of Saint Mary Spires 25-15, 25-18, 25-18.
Concordia came into the game boasting the previous day’s 4-set defeat of Montana Tech. The Bulldogs wasted no time picking up where they left off, allowing less than 20 points in all three sets and six of their past seven sets. The offense for Concordia dominated the match, recording 21 kills in both sets two and three.
The Spires managed to keep sets two and three competitive. Saint Mary led 3-0 at the beginning of the second set, and kept it within 2 points up up until the score hit 18-16 in favor of Concordia. The Bulldogs would pull away and keep a modest distance away from the Spires for the rest of the match.
Leading the attack for Concordia was Emmie Noyd with 21 kills,followed closely by Kalee Wiltfong with thirteen. Tara Callahan helped the offensive effort with 45 assists on the night, and both Marissa Horeman and Camryn Opfer recorded thirteen digs.
The Bulldogs will face their biggest challenge yet Thursday night as they take on Indiana Wesleyan University, who lost to Montana Tech in a five set stunner earlier Wednesday night. The Bulldogs must win this game to advance to the Round of 16 on Friday.