2008-09 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
September 17, 2008

Picture of the Week: Concordia front line players Greta King (#7) and Katie Vohnoutka (#3) go for the block in one of the Cobbers' first eight matches of the year. CC is currently 7-1 and ranked 14th in the latest AVCA National Poll.


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Football: vs. Dickinson State

Volleyball: vs. Jamestown

Men's Soccer: vs. Augsburg | vs. Gustavus

Women's Soccer: vs. Augsburg | vs. Jamestown


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September 17, 2008

Top Note
Volleyball

- The Concordia volleyball team is off to a 7-1 start on the season. The Cobbers won the Colorado College Invitational last weekend by winning four straight matches. Concordia is currently ranked 14th in the latest AVCA national poll. That marks the 49th consecutive week the Cobbers have been ranked in the top 25 of the nation.


Football (1-1/0-0 MIAC - beat Dickinson State 38-13)
- Concordia defeated Dickinson State 38-13 in the home opener for the Cobbers. CC has now won 12 of their last 14 home openers. Concordia also extended their dominance over the Blue Hawks. CC is now 4-0 in the overall series against Dickinson State.

- Cobber senior running back Cory Johnson (Moorhead, Minn.) scored three touchdowns in Concordia’s game against Dickinson State. His third TD of the day was a personal milestone. Johnson caught his first receiving touchdown in his career. For the game, Johnson rushed for 108 yards on 13 carries and caught two passes for 20 yards. Johnson extended his Concordia career rushing record. He now has 2,600 career rushing yards.

- Concordia once again sits atop the conference rushing chart. The Cobbers have rushed for an average of 244.5 yards per game in their first two contests. That is almost 50 yards more than the team in second place.


Volleyball (7-1/0-0 MIAC - lost to Jamestown 3-2/won Colo. College Invite)

National Ranking - 14th in the latest AVCA Poll
- The Concordia volleyball team is off to a 7-1 start on the season. The Cobbers won the Colorado College Invitational last weekend by winning four straight matches. Concordia is currently ranked 14th in the latest AVCA national poll. That marks the 49th consecutive week the Cobbers have been ranked in the top 25 of the nation.

- Concordia freshman Amy Sykora (Rapid City, S.D./Stevens HS) was named the Tournament MVP of the Colorado College Invitational. She had 99 assists, 21 digs and 11 kills in the four-match tournament. She also had a career-high 44 assists against Colorado College in the team’s 3-1 win.

- The Cobbers are leading the MIAC in service aces. Concordia is averaging 2.71 service winners per set. They had a season-high 29 service aces in the opening match of the year against UW-Stevens Point.


Men's Soccer (3-4-0/0-2-0 MIAC - lost to Augsburg 3-0/lost to Gustavus 3-0 /lost to St. Scholastica 2-0)
- Concordia won three straight games earlier in the season. The three-game win streak was the longest since the 2001 season. The Cobbers have also won three games this season which matches their entire season total in 2007.

- Cobber senior midfielder/defender PJ Mack (Coon Rapids, Minn.) leads the team in scoring this season. Mack has three goals on the year after not scoring a single goal in his entire career leading up to the 2008 season.


Women's Soccer (4-0-3/0-0-2 MIAC - tied Augsburg 0-0/tied Gustavus 1-1/ beat St. Scholastica 2-0)
- Concordia is unbeaten in their first seven games of the season. The Cobbers are 4-0-3 which is the longest unbeaten streak to start a season in program history.

- Cobber senior goalie Britt Reiersgord (Edina, Minn.) has posted three shutouts in the team’s first six games. She continues to add to her school-record career shutout record. She now has 31 career shutouts.

- The Cobbers tied their first two conference games of the year. That already ties the school record for most ties in an MIAC season. CC also had two ties in conference play in 2006, 1995 and 1985.


Men's Cross Country  (finished 4th at the Black Hills Invite)
- Concordia finished fourth at the seven-team Black Hills Invite in Spearfish, S.D. on Saturday.

- For the second straight meet Concordia was led sophomore Tom Sederquist (Moorhead, Minn.). Sederquist ran a 21:01.51 at the Black Hills Invite and finished in fourth place. He also finished third in the team’s opening meet of the year – a dual competition against DII MSU Moorhead.

- Concordia sophomore Michael Dunn (Fargo, N.D./Oak Grove HS) had his best collegiate meet of his career on Saturday. Dunn ran a 22:57.10 and finished in the top 30 at the meet. It is his best time after he spent most of his freshman season nursing an injury.


Women's Cross Country   (finished 2nd at the Black Hills Invite)
- Cobber sophomore Hailey Brenden (Rothsay, Minn.) continues her outstanding college career. She has led Concordia in the first two meets of the 2008 season. She ran a 16:22.01 and finished in fourth place at the Black Hills Invite in Spearfish, S.D.

- Concordia finished second at the Black Hills Invite on Saturday. The Cobbers had seven runners finish in the top 20 at the meet.


Men's Golf  (finished 9th at the St. John's Invite)
- Concordia senior golfer Erik Weiss (Moorhead, Minn.) leads the Cobbers in scoring average this season. Weiss is averaging 75.3 strokes per round this year. His best finish came at the Cobber Open where he finished in a tie for 14th place.

- Weiss is one of three CC golfers that have a stroke average which is less than 76. Sophomore Zach Kappes (Moorhead, Minn.) has a 75.8 average while freshman Taylor Hendrickson is averaging 75.5 strokes per round in the two rounds he has competed in this season.


Women's Golf (finished 10th at the DIII Midwest Classic)
- Concordia won the very first meet of the 2008 season. The Cobbers shot a 343 at the Jimmie Open and won the title by 16 shots.

- Cobber senior Afton Pender (Cohasset, Minn./Grand Rapids HS) won medalist honors at the Jimmie Open. She has led the Cobbers in three of the first four meets of the season. She is currently averaging 81.2 strokes per round and is seventh in stroke average.


This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Wednesday, September 17, 2008
VB - at St. Kate's - 7 p.m.

Friday, October 5, 2007
MG - at Erv Kaiser Invite at Edgewood GC - 8 a.m.

MCC - at Ron Pynn Invite at UND - 4 p.m.
WCC - at Ron Pynn Invite at UND - 4 p.m.

Saturday, October 6, 2007
MG - at Erv Kaiser Invite at Village Green GC - 8 a.m.

WG - at Southwest Minnesota State Invite at Marshall GC - Noon

FB - at St. John's - 1 p.m.
WS - at home vs. Carleton - 1 p.m.

Sunday, October 7, 2007
WG - at Southwest Minnesota State Invite at Marshall GC - 9 a.m.

MG - at Erv Kaiser Invite at Fargo CC - 10:30 a.m.

MS - at Carleton - 2 p.m.