Game Time...Northwestern goes for its 20th straight win as they play Concordia in a GPAC volleyball match tonight in Seward, Neb. The seventh-ranked Red Raiders are 4-0 in the GPAC, 20-1 overall, while Concordia is currently in seventh place in the GPAC with a 2-4 record, 11-6 overall. Watch/listen live to the match via the Concordia broadcast at the following link: Watch/Listen Now!
All-Time...Northwestern leads the all-time series 33-6 and has won the last 10 matches against Concordia. The Bulldogs last defeated NWC in 2005.
Scouting Concordia...The Bulldogs are currently in seventh place in the GPAC with a 2-4 record, 11-6 overall. They are 4-2 over their last six matches, earning wins over Dakota Wesleyan, Mount Marty, Presentation and University of Dallas while losing to Doane and Hastings.
In its 3-1 (25-21, 25-16, 19-25, 25-19) loss to the Broncos, Concordia hit just .058 for the match, totaling 40 kills in 139 attempts against 32 errors. Claire White totaled 15 kills and four blocks to lead the Bulldogs while Paige Getz added eight kills and two blocks.
Scott Matera returns for his second season as the Bulldogs' head coach after leading his team to a ninth place finish in the GPAC at 4-12, 10-21 overall. He welcomes back six letterwinners and 10 players off the 2012 team.
Concordia is hitting .203 as a team, putting down 12.3 kills and two blocks per set. They are third in the conference in digs (16.1). Junior Mariah Schamp returns for the Bulldogs after earning all-conference honors in 2012. Schamp is hitting a team-best .305 out of the middle to go with 61 blocks. Freshman Taylor Workman joins Schamp in the middle and averages 1.8 kills to go with 44 blocks. Claire White, a 5-11 sophomore outside hitter, puts down a team-best 3.3 kills per set, hitting .199. Freshman Alayna Kavanaugh lofts up 7.1 assists in her first season with the Bulldogs. Carli Smith, a 2012 all-conference pick, returns as the libero, averaging nearly five digs per set.
Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders have won 19 straight matches and moved all the way up to seventh in the most recent coaches' poll. Northwestern is currently in first place in the GPAC with a 4-0 record, 20-1 overall. Among their wins are victories over ranked teams; Dordt, Evangel, Baker (2x), Oklahoma Baptist and Bellevue.
Northwestern ranks fifth in the NAIA with a .286 hitting percentage, putting down over 13 kills per set. They lead the conference in blocking (2.2), sixth best in the nation, and are second in the GPAC with 138 ace serves.
Kaitlin Floerchinger is second in the GPAC in kills (4.1), hitting .270 as one of the team's outside hitters. The returning All-American ranks fifth in the NAIA with 45 ace serves and averages 2.8 digs per set. Karlie Schut ranks fourth in the GPAC in kills (3.63), hitting .275 on the rightside, to go with 50 blocks. The sophomore ranks second in the GPAC with 30 ace serves. Haley Chambers averages 1.8 kills and hits .247 on the outside. Kellie Goedken leads the team with a .343 hitting percentage, averaging two kills and a GPAC-best 1.1 blocks per set. Payton Samuelson is hitting .310, averaging 1.1 kills and just under one block per set. Brooke Fessler lofts up nearly 10.5 assists and 2.6 digs per set in her first season as the team's setter. Alexis Bart leads the team with 4.5 digs per set.
Up Next...Northwestern heads on the road on Tuesday, Oct. 1 to play Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, S.D.