By Victoria Cameron
Concordia’s volleyball team played and won three games in the Bulldog Bash Friday and Saturday, upping their season record from 4-0 undefeated to 7-0 undefeated.
Their first win was against the Waldorf University Warriors Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. They won without giving away a set, with scores of 25-17, 25-12 and 25-23, bringing their record up to 5-0.
The Bulldogs’ first game Aug. 31 was at 11 a.m. against the Mayville State University Comets. The game was close, with the first set being taken by the Comets at 25-27 even though the Bulldogs reached set point first. The Bulldogs snatched the subsequent three sets at 25-14, 25-17 and 25-15, remaining undefeated in their season.
The Bulldogs’ final game of the Bulldog Bash, Aug. 31 at 3 p.m., was against the Benedictine College Ravens. The Bulldogs won without giving up a set at 25-9, 25-8 and 25-14. This final win brought their season record to 7-0.
“It’s always good to come away with three wins,” Assistant Volleyball Coach Angie Boldt said. “More importantly, though, is that we were able to see resiliency in our group when things weren’t clicking on all cylinders.”
In both Saturday games, the Bulldogs were never the first team to call for a timeout and were the first team to reach 20 points in every set. Their solid receives allowed for both hard kills and soft tips. They also scored through blocks and service aces.
“We try to play “low error” volleyball and the team has really bought into that mindset,” Boldt said. “Coach Ben and I encourage them to make powerful swings when they can and hopefully as the season progresses we take more powerful swings than managing swings.”
The volleyball team’s next game is against Hastings College Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Walz Arena for the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC).
“Concordia volleyball is built on love, trust, hardwork, and sacrifice,” Boldt said. “You’ll see a fundamentally sound team that will work hard every point to make the Bulldog Nation proud.”