2008-09 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
October 8, 2008

Picture of the Week: Concordia had three athletes earn MIAC Athlete of the Week honors. From left - Tom Sederquist in men's cross country, Anna Tinkham in volleyball and Hailey Brenden in women's cross country.


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This Week's Cobber Athletics Calendar | MIAC Weekly Notebook


This Week's Cobber MIAC Athletes of the Week

Men's Cross Country: Tom Sederquist

Women's Cross Country: Hailey Brenden

Volleyball: Anna Tinkham


This Week's Cobber Picture Galleries

Men's Soccer: vs. St. Thomas

Women's Soccer: vs. St. Thomas

Volleyball: vs. St. Olaf | vs. St. Mary's


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October 8, 2008

Top Note
Football

- Concordia senior defensive back Levi DeVries (Bejou, Minn./Mahnomen HS) was named as a semifinalist for the prestigious Draddy Trophy as presented by The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF). DeVries is a Physics and Mathematics double major who carries a 3.97 grade point average. On the field he is a four-year starter and one of the four co-captains this season. Devries is a three-time MIAC All-Academic honoree and has been a member of the Dean's List every semester at Concordia. He was also inducted into the Sigma Pi Sigma honor society for Physics and received the Randy Kurt Bartholomaus Scholarship.


Football (3-1/2-0 MIAC - Did not play )
National Ranking - 23rd in the latest D3football.com Poll

- Concordia senior defensive back Levi DeVries (Bejou, Minn./Mahnomen HS) was named as a semifinalist for the prestigious Draddy Trophy as presented by The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF). DeVries is a Physics and Mathematics double major who carries a 3.97 grade point average. On the field he is a four-year starter and one of the four co-captains this season. Devries is a three-time MIAC All-Academic honoree and has been a member of the Dean's List every semester at Concordia. He was also inducted into the Sigma Pi Sigma honor society for Physics and received the Randy Kurt Bartholomaus Scholarship.

- Concordia moved up to 23rd in the latest D3football.com national poll. That is up two spots from last week. The Cobbers are also one of the top teams in the “also receiving votes” category in the weekly American Football Coaches’ Association (AFCA) poll.

- The Cobber defense is currently ranked first in the conference in scoring defense (6.5 points per game), second in overall defense (243.0 yards per game) and second in rushing yards per game (84.5). The CC defense has only allowed one touchdown in the past two games.


Volleyball (12-2/5-1 MIAC - beat St. Olaf 3-2/beat St. Mary's 3-0/

beat Augsburg 3-0)

National Ranking - 15th in the latest AVCA Poll
- Concordia is currently ranked 15th in the latest AVCA national poll. It marks the 51st consecutive week the Cobbers have been ranked in the top 25 of the nation. That is a conference record. The last time CC was not ranked in the top 25 was on Sept. 8, 2004.

- Cobber freshman Jenna Green (Dilworth, Minn./Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton HS) topped the 100 kill mark last weekend. Green had 23 winners in CC’s two wins over the weekend and now has 118 for the season. She leads Concordia and has posted at least 10 kills in five of the team’s 13 matches this year.

- Concordia has not lost a match away from home all season in 2008. The Cobbers are 4-0 in matches played in the opposition’s home court and are 3-0 in neutral court matches.


Men's Soccer (4-8-0/1-6-0 MIAC - lost to St. Olaf 3-2 2OT/

lost to St. Thomas 2-1/lost to Macalester 3-2 OT)
- After not scoring for three consecutive games in the middle of September, Concordia has produced a streak of four straight games where they have scored at least one goal. Last week the Cobbers connected on three goals in their two conference games. CC has scored 17 goals in their 11 games this season as compared to only 16 in all of last year.

- Cobber sophomore Marco Riboli (Bergamo, Italy) continues to lead the MIAC in assists. He had one assist last week and now has eight on the season. He also had a goal against St. Thomas on Saturday and now leads the team in points with 12.

- As a team Concordia currently ranks third in the MIAC in assists (24) and fourth in assists per game (2.18). CC is also in the top five of the league in shots, saves and fouls.


Women's Soccer (8-2-3/4-2-2 MIAC - lost to St. Olaf 2-0/

lost to St. Thomas 3-0/beat Macalester 1-0)
- Concordia had their school-record 10-game unbeaten streak to start the season come to an end this past week. The Cobbers lost to St. Olaf 2-0 on Wednesday to have their 10-game streak stopped.

- Concordia beat Macalester 1-0 on Tuesday to stop the Scots' 82-game unbeaten streak at home against MIAC opponents. The last time Macalester lost at home to a conference opponent was back in 1993.

- The Cobbers have only one home game left in the 2008 season. CC will play five of their final six remaining games on the road. Their only home tilt will be on Saturday, Oct. 11 against Hamline as part of the annual Homecoming celebration.

- Concordia has two players tied for eighth place in the MIAC in assists in overall games. Both Maia Johnson (Sr., Northfield, Minn.) and Susan Obermiller (So., Fargo, N.D./Fargo North HS) has three assists on the year.


Men's Cross Country  (finished 2nd at the Jimmie Invite)
- Concordia sophomore Tom Sederquist (Moorhead, Minn.) won his second consecutive individual title on Friday at the Jimmie Invite. Two weeks after winning the UND Invite Sederquist backed up that performance by running a 26:08 at the Jimmie Invite and winning by 15 seconds over some top NAIA competition.

- The Cobbers recorded their best overall team finish at the Jimmie Invite on Friday. CC had four athletes finish in the top 20 and claimed second place. It is their highest finish as a team since the 2004 campaign when they also finished second at the South Dakota Tech Invite.


Women's Cross Country   (finished 2nd at the Jimmie Invite)
- For the fifth straight meet of the season Cobber sophomore Hailey Brenden (Rothsay, Minn.) was the top CC finisher at a team meet. Brenden ran a 19:14.00 at the Jimmie Invitational on Friday and finished in second place. It is the fourth time in the past five meets that Brenden has posted a top four individual finish. It is also the second time in the past three meets she has recorded a runner-up finish.

- The Cobbers placed eight runners in the top 15 at the Jimmie Invitational and finished in second place. Concordia had their best overall team score in any meet this season as they finished with 37 points and were only eight points behind the team champion Jamestown.

- Of the eight runners that finished in the top 15 at the Jimmie Invite, five were either freshmen or sophomores.


Men's Golf  (finished 7th at the MIAC Championship Meet)
- Concordia finished in seventh place at the recently completed MIAC Championship Meet. The Cobbers saved their best round of the tournament for the last round as they fired a team score of 312.

- Concordia sophomore Zach Kappes (Moorhead, Minn.) led the Cobbers at the MIAC Meet. He shot a three-day total of 233 and finished in a tie for 14th place. He was only four strokes away from earning All-Conference honors. Like the team, Kappes also had his best round on Monday when he shot a 76.

- Cobber freshman Taylor Henrickson (Barnesville, Minn.) shot on of the low rounds of the conference tournament. Henrickson carded a two-over-par 74 in the opening round and was in third place after the first 18 holes.


Women's Golf (finished 6th at the MIAC Championship Meet)
- Concordia senior Afton Pender (Cohasset, Minn./Grand Rapids HS) earned a tie for second place at the MIAC Championship Meet. She shot a three-day total of 243 and tied with two other golfers. Her runner-up finish earned her All-Conference honors for the second time in her career. Her second-place finish is the highest finish for a CC golfer since Katie Taylor also tied for second in 2003.

- The Cobbers finished in sixth place at the MIAC Championship Meet and were less than 35 strokes away from third place. CC shot a consistent 1,062 for the three rounds, carding single-round scores of 354, 355 and 353.

- Concordia sophomore Hilary Vokovan (Coon Rapids, Minn.) claimed 11th place and was only one stroke away from earning All-Conference honors. She had a three-day total of 253 and had her best round on Sunday when she shot an 83.

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Friday, October 10, 2008
VB - vs. Central at Border Battle Tourney at St. Thomas - 2 p.m.

VB - vs. Simpson at Border Battle Tourney at St. Thomas - 6 p.m.

Saturday, October 11, 2008 - Homecoming 2008
Homecoming Fun Run - 9 a.m. | Information & Entry Form

VB - vs. Coe at Border Battle Tourney at St. Thomas - 9 a.m.

FB - vs. St. Thomas - 1 p.m. | Live Audio | Live Stats

WS - at home vs. Hamline - 1 p.m. | Live Stats

VB - vs. Wartburg at Border Battle Tourney at St. Thomas - 1 p.m.

MS - at home vs. Hamline - 3 p.m. | Live Stats

Sunday, October 12, 2008
SW&D - at home vs. Alumni - 1 p.m.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008
MS - at Jamestown - 7 p.m.