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Women's Soccer - vs. St. Olaf - 2:00pm - MIAC SEMIFINALS!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7
Men's Hockey - at UW-Stout - 7:05pm
|Jessica Walden Sets MIAC
record by Receiving Eighth Career Player of the Week Honors!
Concordia senior setter Jessica Walden (Hawley, Minn.) was named the MIAC Setter of the Week as she helped the Cobbers beat St. Ben's in a critical three-game sweep. It is the second time this season, and eighth time in her career, that she has won the award. That sets an MIAC record for Player of the Week honors in a career. Katie Reynolds from St. Thomas held the old record by amassing seven Player of the Week awards from 2000-2002.
The honor marks the fifth time that a Concordia player has won the Player of the Week award this season.
Walden led the Cobbers to
a crucial 3-0 win over Saint Benedict last week in a match that clinched
second place in the MIAC for Concordia. Walden collected 51 assists (17
assists per game), setting a Concordia record for assists in a 3-game match.
In addition, she had 12 digs (4 dpg) and two kills. Walden directed the
Cobber offense to 61 kills and a .199 hitting percentage.
Cobber Athletes Spotlighted on College Sporting News Website.
Throughout the 2004-05 athletic season several Concordia athletes will be profiled on the "College Sporting News" website. The articles are entitled "Profiles of Excellence" and are written by longtime MIAC reporter Rich Mies. They are written as a way of highlighting all the talented seniors from around the MIAC.
The second installment features Cobber record-setting volleyball Jessica Walden and can be found at: www.collegesportingnews.com/article.asp?articleid=62544. In the next few weeks, standout cross country runner Nick Myran, women's soccer central defender Carmelle Johnson and football captain Nick Didier will also be featured.
The CSW staff will keep you informed when the next Cobber Profile of Excellence comes out.
Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia clinched a share of the MIAC title with their win on Saturday against Augsburg. It marks the first MIAC championship for the Cobbers since the 1995 season when they shared the crown with St. Johnís. Concordia has now won the MIAC championship on 18 different occasions.
With the victory against the Auggies, Concordia earned the leagueís automatic bid into the NCAA playoffs. The Cobbers will be making their first postseason appearance since 1997 when they lost to Augsburg in the first round. It will be the fourth time that Concordia will play in the NCAA playoffs and eighth overall playoff appearance. The Cobbers won the NAIA national championship in 1964, 1978 and 1981. The farthest they have ventured in the NCAA playoffs is the semifinal round. In 1986 Concordia lost to Augustana (Ill.) in the Division III semifinals.
- Concordia remains the only undefeated team in the MIAC and one of only 10 schools in all of NCAA Division III to still have a perfect record. The Cobbersí 8-0 start marks the first time since the 1988 season that Concordia has started the year with eight straight victories. The win streak is tied for the third best start to the season in school history.
The school record for wins to start a season is 10. The 1964 NAIA national championship team went 10-0 before tying Sam Houston State of Texas 7 Ė 7 in the championship game.
- The Cobbers are currently ranked in the top five in two major NCAA Division III polls. That marks the first time in school history that Concordia has been ranked in the top five of the nation. Concordia is fourth in the Don Hansen Football Gazette poll and also fourth in the latest D3football.com poll.
- Three Concordia players are closing in on school records.
Junior kicker Brian Halverson (Fargo, N.D./Fargo North HS) has made 10 field goals on the year. The Concordia record for field goals in a season is held by Chris Reimertz (í91). Reimhertz connected on 11 field goals in both the 1989 and 1990 seasons.
Halverson currently leads the MIAC in scoring by a kicker (59 pts.), field goals made (10) and field goal percentage (76.9). He is also tied for sixth in all of Division III in field goals per game.
Senior defensive back Jordan Talge (Moorhead, Minn.) is within striking distance of the Concordia record for interceptions in a single season and interceptions in a career. Talge has six interceptions in 2004. That is two interceptions shy of the record held by Todd Twete (í90). Twete had eight interceptions in 1989. Talge has 14 career interceptions and needs three more INTís to tie Terry Stormís (í87) record of 17.
Talge is currently second in the MIAC in interceptions and leads the conference in passes defended (14). He is also fifth in the nation in interceptions per game (0.9) and tied for fifth in passes defended (1.9).
Finally, senior linebacker Josh Dietz (Glencoe, Minn./Glencoe-Silver Lake) needs 37 more tackles to break the school record for total tackles in a season. The Cobber record of 136 is held by Dave Benson (í90), who set the mark in 1989. Dietz is also 16 solo tackles away from breaking the single season mark for unassisted tackles in a single season. Dietz has 54 solo tackles in 2004. The single season solo tackle school record is held by Shane Lindsay (í91). Lindsay recorded 69 solo tackles in 1990.
Dietz leads the MIAC in solo
tackles and is second in total tackles. Nationally, he is tenth in solo
tackles and tied for 25th in total tackles.
Record: 9-2 MIAC (2nd Place), 21-3
National Ranking: 14th in the latest CSTV/AVCA Division III Coaches Poll
Recent Results: St. Ben's 0 at Concordia 3 - Recap
Upcoming Events: at home vs. St. Ben's on Thursday, November 4 at 7:00pm - MIAC Semifinal; MIAC Final - TBA on Saturday, November 6 at 7:00pm
Latest News and Notes:
Last year Concordia finished second during the regular season and went on to win the MIAC playoff tournament and make their first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 1996. The Cobbers will be looking to repeat last yearís magic when they host St. Benís in a conference semifinal match on Thursday, November 4 at 7:00pm in Memorial Auditorium.
- Concordia is making its fourth straight MIAC tournament appearance since the conference went to a single elimination format back in 2001. Concordia is one of only four teams in the league that have played in all four conference tournaments.
- Cobber senior Jessica Walden (Hawley, Minn.) was named the MIAC Setter of the Week marking the eighth time in her career that she has won Player of the Week honors. That sets a new MIAC record for most Player of the Week honors in a career. Katie Reynolds from St. Thomas held the old record by amassing Player of the Week awards from 2000-2002.
- Concordia senior Kris Sather (Fosston, Minn.) passed one milestone and is about to eclipse another. In Concordiaís final regular season match against St. Benís, she surpassed the 1,000-kill barrier. She has 1,005 kills over her four years. With her next service ace, Sather will set a school record for service aces in a career. She is currently tied with Angie Carlin (í98) who recorded 214 service aces in 351 games from 1994-96. The two Cobber players are also tied together by past history as both are from Fosston, Minn.
Record: 0-8-2 MIAC (11th Place), 2-13-3
Recent Results: Hamline 3 at Concordia 2 - Recap; St. John's 3 at Concordia 2- Recap
Upcoming Events: End of Fall Season
Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia sophomore Brandon Root (Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) finished the regular season with seven goals in the teamís last four games. He led the Cobbers in scoring for the second consecutive year. In both his first and second seasons, he has posted identical eight goal, four assist campaigns.
- The Cobbers scored nine
goals in the second half in the last four games of the season. They tallied
at least two goals in the second half in each of the four games.
Record: 10-1 MIAC (2nd Place), 13-5-0
Recent Results: Hamline 0 at Concordia 5 - Recap; Concordia 1 at St. Ben's 0 - Recap (1st time Cobbers have beaten St. Ben's in 17 tries!)
Upcoming Events: at home vs. St. Olaf on Wednesday, November 3 at 2:00pm - MIAC Semifinals; MIAC Final - TBA on Saturday, November 6 at TBA
Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia will be making their second consecutive MIAC playoff appearance. They are one of only two teams in the conference that has played in both postseason tournaments. Macalester joins the Cobbers as the only other team to have participated in all of the playoffs since the MIAC instated the tournament last season.
- Concordia finished the regular season by leading the MIAC in goals, assists, points and shots in overall games. The Cobbers scored 54 goals in 18 games this season. In MIAC games, the Cobbers scored 36 goals in 11 conference games. They led the league in goals, points and assists.
- Concordia sophomore forward Morgan Bain (Hugo, Minn./White Bear Lake, Minn.) broke an 11-year old MIAC record by scoring 17 goals in 11 conference games. She also set the conference record for points in a season. Bain tallied 37 points in 11 conference games. The old conference records was 15 goals in 10 conference games Ė a mark set in 1993 by St. Maryís forward Julie Giebe. The points record was 32 points in 10 games, which was held by Paige Tierney of Gustavus.
- Concordia freshman goalie
Liegakos (Maple Grove, Minn.) amassed nine shutouts in 2004. The school
record is 10, which was set by Jamie Savage last season.
Recent Results: 9th Place at the MIAC Championship Meet - Recap
Upcoming Events: at the NCAA Central Region Meet on Saturday, November 13 at 11:00am at Waverly Golf Course in Waverly, Iowa
Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia senior Nick Myran (Kenyon, Minn./Kenyon-Wanamingo HS) became the first Concordia menís cross-country runner to earn MIAC All-Conference honors in back-to-back seasons since Jason Trichler (í93) accomplished the feat in 1991-92.
Myran will be looking to
join Trichler (1990-92), Mark Lingle (1987), Mike Pederson
(1984) and John Mutschelknaus (1979) as the only Cobber runners
to participate in the national meet in program history when he races in
the NCAA Central Region Meet at Waverly Golf Course in Waverly, Iowa on
November 13 at 11:00am.
Recent Results: 8th Place at the MIAC Championship Meet - Recap
Upcoming Events: at the NCAA Central Region Meet on Saturday, November 13 at noon at Waverly Golf Course in Waverly, Iowa
Latest News and Notes:
Hanson finished seventh at the MIAC Championship Meet held at the Como Park Golf Course in St. Paul. It is the sixth time in the past seven years Marv Roeske has posted a runner in the top 10 of the conference meet.
The seventh place finish is a career-high for Hanson.
Recent Results: Start of the Season
Upcoming Events: at UW-Stout on Friday, November 5 at 7:05pm; at UW-River Falls on Saturday, November 6 at 7:05pm
Recent Results: Start of the Season
Upcoming Events: at home vs. Robert Morris (Club Team) on Sunday, November 7 at 1:00pm
Recent Results: at the St. Thomas Relays - Recap
Upcoming Events: at home vs. Gustavus on Saturday, November 6 at 3:00pm
Please Note: The views written in this piece are the work of the writer and and do not necessarily reflect the views of Concordia College. They are not meant to harm or disrespect any of the athletes or school. It is merely an attempt to give the reader a different perspective into the world of Concordia athletics.
November 3, 2004
Volleyball's Two Step
This time of year is known as "what day is it, which sport is playing, I thought he was on the soccer team" in the college sports information department. Thatt's because all the fall sports are wrapping up and the winter sports are just starting on their five month journey. The days and nights are filled with entering rosters, typing previews and trying to keep up with all the terrific fall teams. Concordia is in the middle of a record-setting 2004. The football team clinched at least a share of the MIAC title, will be in the NCAA playoffs and is currently ranked fourth in the nation. The volleyball and women's soccer teams are hosting MIAC semifinal matches (see above) and are having their best seasons in program history. The volleyball team is ranked 14th in the nation and has the league MVP, and the women's soccer team sets school records in overall and conference wins and has a player who set a new conference record for goals and points in a single season and WILL be the MVP of the league. Not bad for a bunch of maroon and gold clad Cobbers stuck up in the great Northwest.
The "Different Perspective" column was going to be put on the shelf for a few weeks so the SID could get a handle on all the teams and their previews, pictures and awards, but instead it is going to be a plea for one particular group of athletes to stop their madness and cease being so darn good.
The main culprits in this Cobber over-achieving are the six senior volleyball players.
Jacki Barten, Sheena Berg, Amy Fitzner, Kris Sather, Danielle Schmiesing and Jessica Walden have gone from wide-eyed freshman to talented, and nationally-recognized, seniors. If I had a dime for every time I had to type match-high or team leader in front of their names, I would be typing this piece from my mansion on the California coastline. They have all played vital roles in the team's rise from middle of the pack to MIAC role models.
Barten, Berg, Sather, Schmiesing and Walden all came in as freshman and played on the 2001 team that was entirely first-year players (that had never happened before on any NCAA team, and will never happen again. If you doubt the future fact, go ahead and ask Tim Mosser if he recommends any coach field a team of entirely freshman players. I think the response would be along the lines of asking an Ohio polling supervisor if they would like to go through election day all over again). The fab five got a sensational sixth after the first season as Fitzner found wisdom after playing a year at another college and decided to sign up for three years of national-caliber volleyball.
Over the course of their four years, they have set just about every record in the Cobber record book. One of the six holds the record for single season and career records in kills, assists, blocks and service aces. Pretty much every volleyball category there is will have the name of one of the sensational six at the top of the list.
Do you think they are content to just rip apart the Cobber record book and have the athletic department spend countless man hours redoing the 85-page glossy volleyball media guide every year? Nope, not on your five-game match life they're not. They need to go on and break MIAC records and win All-Region and All-American awards annd be named to Academic All-District teams.
I have been personally informed by the league office that the MIAC Setter of the Week award will now just be called the "Walden" - as in Becky Shimtree from Gustavus was named the MIAC Walden winner this week after recording 842 assists in three matches. That's because Jessica Walden has won the award on eight different occasions. That is a MIAC record for most MIAC Player of the Week honors. Over the course of the past four years, the Concordia sports information department has spewed roughly 1,264 words describing her weekly award. Just think of all the time that could have been spent thinking up clichés to use over and over again for team previews.
And what about Jacki Barten, she merely becomes the first Cobber player ever to be named an All-American and is the first Cobber player ever to earn All-MIAC four straight years. That's another 827 words. Not only does she waste precious time by earning postseason awards, she is busy during the season making sure Concordia gets nationally ranked in the top 20 every week and goes on record-breaking win streaks. Enough already.
Then there's Kris Sather - another 1,000-kill club member and she is about to break the school record in service aces. Just when you think that there are no more records to break she decides to add one more. I have typed her hometown of Fosston so many times that I am starting to believe I actually have been to the town and have relatives there.
Danielle Schmiesing - please. Just look at the name - that's at least 10 minutes every time I try and type it. I don't think I have ever typed the entire name without having to go back and fix at least three letters. And the kicker is, as hard as her name is to type, she is even better as a player. She never gets the big kill numbers and has the spotlight focused on her, but she is to the Cobbers what tires are to a car. You never buy a new car because they have really neat tires, but if you don't have them you pretty much aren't going anywhere. If Danielle (her new name in the sports information department) wasn't around to provide 2-3 kills here, 4-5 assists over there and 8-9 digs in the clutch, the Cobbers would be stuck trying to push the car around on its axles.
The least known member of the sensationalists is Sheena Berg. She rarely turns up in the box score or has her name mentioned in a recap. It's a shame because with only four letters in her last name, she is an SID's dream. But she is the one who gets called upon to go out and stop the other team's run, get everyone together and generally be the garbage collector of the group. (That analogy is used in the most sincere way. You can't swing a stick without hitting people who think they should be at the top, working in the corner office and riding in a limo. However, the people who hold the country together are the people who take pride in doing the thankless job and living every day without ever being recognized.) Those are the people I respect the most, and that is why I respect Sheena. She does her job, takes care of the little things and lets the other players shine. There is one thing that I have a beef with - she is too nice and is always smiling. Today's athletes are supposed to be egotistical, immature and always one word away from biting someone's head off because they look in their general direction. Sheena needs to get with the times.
The last member of the group is the newest. Amy Fitzner doesn't do one thing exceptionally well - she does everything very well. With Barten, Walden and Sather you can just type in one category and then move on. With full-time Fitzner, you have to write about kills and blocks and digs and service aces. Just when you think you have the match write-up all finished you forget that she had a team-high in this or was one of the leaders in that. It's time she sticks to just one talent. Oh yeah, she is about to record her 1,000th kill as well. In only three years she will have over 1,000 kills - just another time wasting overachiever.
These six will finally have their Cobber careers come to an end. And as much as I doth protest - it is going to be a sad day. They, like all the other fall senior athletes, have spent countless hours practicing, sweating, working out, and sacrificing to make the team better. When the end comes, it is always way too sudden. It seems like only a week ago they were playing in the NCAA playoffs and wasn't it about a month ago they were trying to win just 10 games and make the MIAC playoffs in their first season. Yes, time does fly.
There will be no more tomorrow, no second chance. My wish for all the Cobber seniors on athletic teams, and especially the six seniors on the volleyball team is that you take time to enjoy the final moments. Don't worry about losing the final game or how far you are going to advance - eventually you will run out of road. If you have taken the time to revel in the little things and enjoy your teammates during the final pratice sessions, then you will have no regrets. You will be able to look back and smile and know that you were a part of something special.
To all the seniors who are about to finish their college careers I have three pieces of advice. After it is all over and the last game has been played, take time to walk out on the field, court or course where you tried so hard for so long and just soak in the memories. The moments you just lived will be the freshest and they will be stamped on your memory forever if you let them inside you shortly after you are through.
My next piece of advice is to thank the people who held your hand along the way and made it all possible. For most players it is their parents. For others it could be a coach or teacher. Take the time to call them out of the blue and say "thank you". Thanks for all the times you drove to practice, picked up the uniform after it was thrown on the floor, and most importantly, say thank you for being there to listen and offer advice when times were hard. If today's college athletes didn't have parents and role models who sacrifice their own goals and well-being for the growth of their children and pupils, then the road to the top would have been infinitely more difficult and chances are they would have quit along the way.
My last piece of wisdom is to never lose track of your teammates and friends. The people who you struggled with, fought with, laughed with and celebrated with. Every year call them up and see how they are doing. Go out with your wives/husbands and families and let your kids see the joy that your memories bring. You will want them to have the same wonderful journey you had, so start them on their way by showing them how important your past was.
Finally.To the six senior volleyball players - you are a special group. Realize that no matter when the season ends - Thursday or three weeks from Thursday, the things that you have accomplished are astounding. No one will be able to take away from you all the wins, championships and records you have already won. You are a group that comes along once in a coach's career and there will never be another group like you for as long as Tim and Bob continue to coach. The players who come after you will always be compared to the seniors who played in 2004. Future Cobber volleyball players will get sick of hearing how tough Jacki was at the net, how Jess could set any pass given, how Danielle always dug down to get the tough point, how Sheena always sacrificed for others, how Kris' serves were unhittable and how hard Fitz could hammer the ball from the left side.
Enjoy these days and each other. You have come a long way, put up with a lot and made the prgram what it is. You have given the college, the program and the coaching staff so many wonderful memories that your legacy will live for a very long time. When your last match is over, live it together, cry together and then share the memories together. The power of your group is what brought you to the top of Division III volleyball, and the power of the group is what will help you get through the weeks to come.
From inside the box and thanking all the Cobber seniors for the wonderfull memories (even if it did cause extra work!), that's this week's different perspective.
Enjoy the Playoffs!
"Celebrate we will, because
life is short but sweet for certain.
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