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College Information
School: Concordia-Moorhead
Founded : 1891
Location: Moorhead, MN
Enrollment : 2850
President : Dr. Paul Dovre - Interim
Athletic Director: Bob Nick - Interim
Team Nickname:  Cobbers
Colors: Maroon and Gold
Logo: The Chicago "C"
Faculty Athletic Rep: Jim Forde
Stadium: Jake Christiansen 7,000
Press Box Phone:  218-299-4465
 

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Concordia Volleyball History
First year of volleyball: 1976
All-time play-off record: 0-2
Years in post-season play: 2
Last postseason appearance/result: 1996 Loss to St. Olaf 3-1
All-time women's volleyball record: 409-454-2
 

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Women's Volleyball Staff
Tim Mosser, Head Coach
Tim Mosser has compiled a 173-151 record in his first 10 years as head coach of the Cobbers. 

Head Coach:
Tim Mosser, Starting 11th Season
Record/Current School: 173-151
All-Time Record/Yrs: 173-151
MIAC Record: 70-41
Coach Phone: (o) 218-299-3520
E-Mail Address: mosser@cord.edu

Assistant Coaches:
Bob Jones, 5th year
Phone: 218-299-4741
E-mail Address: jones@cord.edu
 

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Sports Information
S.I.D: Jim Cella
Office Ph.:  218-299-3194
Home Ph: 218-233-3698
Fax: 218-299-4189
E-Mail Address: cella@cord.edu
WWW Address: www.gocobbers.com
 

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2002 MIAC Standings
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School       MIAC  O'all
St. Thomas   10-1  30-6  *
St. Olaf     9-2   19-15 #
Bethel       9-2   24-9
Concordia    7-4   21-10
St. Ben's    7-4   15-13
St. Mary's   7-4   15-14
Gustavus     6-5   13-13
Carleton     4-7   15-11
Macalester   4-7   12-16
Hamline      1-10   8-16
St. Kate's   1-10   3-16
Augsburg     1-10   3-25
* - MIAC Regular Season Champion
# - Won MIAC Playoffs & Automatic Bid to NCAA Tourney


2002 Game-by-Game Results
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Date Opponent Site Time Day/Result
Aug. 30-31 MSU-Moorhead Tourney Away TBA Fri.-Sat.
Aug. 30 Montana State Northern Away W 3-0
Aug. 30 Valley City State Away 6:00 W 3-1
Aug. 31 Mayville State Away 11:00 L 1-3
Aug. 31 MSU-Moorhead Away 7:00 W 3-2
Sept. 2 Jamestown College Away 5:00 JV, 7:00 Canceled
Sept. 6-7 St. Mary's Tourney Away Fri.-Sat.
Sept. 6 St. Norbert Away 2:30 W 3-2
Sept. 6 Simpson Away 7:45 W 3-0
Sept. 7 Finlandia (MI) Away 11:00am W 3-0
Sept. 7 Lakeland (WI) Away 1:00pm W 3-1
Sept. 13-14 Concordia Tournament Home Fri.-Sat.
Sept. 13 Huron University Home 2:00pm W 3-0
Sept. 13 University of Mary Home 6:00pm L 2-3
Sept. 14 South Dakota Tech Home 11:00am W 3-0
Sept. 14 Minot State Home 3:00pm W 3-1
Sept. 17 College of St. Catherine Away 7:00 W 3-0
Sept. 19 Mayville State Away 5:00 JV,7:00 W 3-2
Sept. 25 University of St. Thomas Home 6:00 JV, 7:30 L 1-3
Sept. 27 St. Olaf College Home 6:00 JV, 7:30 L 2-3
Sept. 28 St. Mary's University Home 1:30 JV, 3:00 W 3-0
Oct. 1 Bethel College Away 7:00 L 1-3
Oct. 8 Macalester College Away 7:00 W 3-0
Oct. 11 Gustavus Adolphus Away 7:30 L 1-3
Oct. 12 Carleton College Away 3:00 W 3-1
Oct. 17 Augsburg College Home 6:00 JV,7:30 W 3-0
Oct. 22 Hamline University Away 7:00 W 3-0
Oct. 25-26 St. Ben's Tourney Away Fri.-Sat.
Oct. 25 UW-Steven's Point Away 4:30 W 3-2
Oct. 25 Dubuque Away 7:00 L 1-3
Oct. 26 UW-Superior Away 10:30 W 3-1
Oct. 26 St. Thomas Away 3:30 L 2-3
Oct. 30 College of St. Benedict Home 6:00 JV, 7:30 W 3-2
Nov. 5 College of St. Benedict
MIAC Play-In Game
Home 7:30 W 3-1
Nov. 8 St. Thomas
MIAC Semifinals
UST 8:00 L 0-3
Nov. 9 Bethel College
MIAC Third Place Game
UST 5:00 L 0-3

2002 Final Record: Overall 21-10-0; MIAC 7-4-0 - T4th Place

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2003 Schedule
 
Date Opponent Site Time Day/Result
Aug. 29-30 MSU-Moorhead Tourney Away TBA Fri.-Sat.
Sept. 2 UM-Morris Away 5:00 JV, 7:00 Tue.
Sept. 5-6 Ithaca Tourney (NY) Away TBA Fri.-Sat.
Sept. 16 Augsburg Home 5:00 JV, 7:30 Tue.
Sept. 19-20 Concordia Tournament Home TBA Fri.-Sat.
Sept. 24 Macalester Away 7:00 Wed.
Sept. 26 St. Mary's Away 7:30 Fri.
Sept. 27 St. Olaf Away Noon Sat.
Oct. 2 Hamline Home 4:30 JV, 7:00 Thu.
Oct. 9 Bethel Home 4:30, 7:00 Thu.
Oct. 14 St. Catherine Away 7:00 Tue.
Oct. 17 Gustavus Home 6:00 JV, 7:30 Fri.
Oct. 18 Carleton Home 3:00 Sat.
Oct. 22 St. Thomas Home 5:00 JV, 7:30 Wed.
Oct. 24-25 St. Ben's Tourney Away TBA Fri.-Sat.
Oct. 29 St. Ben's Away 6:00 JV, 7:30 Wed.
Nov. 4 MIAC First Round TBA 7:30 Tue.
Nov. 7 MIAC Semifinals TBA TBA Fri.
Nov. 8 MIAC Finals TBA TBA Sat.

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Concordia Series Records Against Opponents:
Opponent      W  L  T  Series Started
MSU-Moorhead  9  36 0    1976
Augsburg      23 13 1    1976
Macalester    17 12 0    1978
St. Maryís    21 10 0    1981
St. Olaf      12 23 0    1976
Hamline       28 8  1    1978
Bethel        16 23 0    1980
St. Kateís    20 15 0    1978
Gustavus      20 18 0    1980
Carleton      24 11 0    1978
St. Thomas    11 22 0    1981
St. Benís     13 22 0    1978

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Player & Team Information
2002 Overall Record: 21-10-1
2002 MIAC Conference Record/Place:  7-4/T4th Place
Starters Returning/Lost: 6/0
 

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Returning Starters
Name                  Yr Pos   Hometown
Jessica Walden        Jr   S   Hawley, MN
Jackelyn Barten       Jr   H   Melrose, MN
Kris Sather           Jr   H   Fosston, MN
Amy Fitzner           Jr   H   Valley City, ND
Danielle Schmiesing   Jr   H   Sauk Centre, MN
Rhiannon Grimm        Jr  DS   Hazen, ND
 

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Key Losses (Grad/Transfer/Injury/Misc.)
Name                  Pos    Hometown
 

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2003 Season Outlook and Notes:
The Cobber starting six have gone through two years of development and are poised to break into the elite of the MIAC in 2003. 

Like a lidded pot on the stove that has been left too long, the 2003 Concordia volleyball team is starting to feel the pressure build from within. All six starters for the Cobbers are returning this season and five of the six have been starters since their first year in the program in 2001. Now the returning sextet will be called to make the final push into the top three of the MIAC. Last year the Cobbers made the league playoffs by finishing in a tie for fourth place. After dispatching St. Ben's in the first round of the playoffs, Concordia fell to regular season champion St. Thomas in the semifinals.

Now that head coach Tim Mosser and his well-developed Cobber squad have had a taste of the postseason, the expectation to improve on last year's finish is starting to build. Two-time All-MIAC hitter Jacki Barten (Jr., Melrose, Minn./Melrose HS) is on track to become one of the school's all-time leaders in kills. In her first two seasons she has amassed 588 winners to go along with 223 blocks. Last year she finished the regular season with a team-high 358 kills and 112 blocks. Her 112 blocks was the tenth most on the school's all-time single season block list. She was second in the MIAC in hitting percentage (.334), third in blocks (47) and sixth in kills (154). She was named the MIAC Hitter of the Week on September 24 for her performance in wins over St. Catherine and Mayville State.

The other half of Concordia's dynamic duo is all-conference setter Jessica Walden (Jr., Hawley, Minn./Hawley HS). Like Barten, she is on pace to leave her mark in the Cobber record book. In her first two seasons she has totaled 2109 assists. She needs 931 more assists to surpass Marsha Suko as the school's all-time leader in that category. In 2002 she set the school's single season record for assists in a single season. She finished the regular season with 1,174. She was second in the league in that category with 492 assists in the 11-match MIAC season.  She was named the MIAC Setter/Defensive Player of the Week twice during the year. On September 9 she was given the award for helping the Cobbers win the St. Mary's Sugarloaf Classic. For her efforts she was named the tournament MVP. Over the course of the four-match tournament Walden played in 13 games, committed no errors and had 131 assists. She also had 10 service aces and 9 kills. She was also honored on November 4 for helping the Cobbers clinch a spot in the MIAC playoffs.

Amy Fitzner (Jr., Valley City, N.Dak./Valley City HS) rounds out the Cobber contingent that earned MIAC postseason honors in 2002. She started slowly last season but gained momentum at the end of the year. She finished just behind Barten in almost every offensive category, and gave the Cobbers a fierce 1-2 attacking tandem at the net. She finished the regular season with 338 kills and 42 blocks. She was seventh in the MIAC in kills (153) and actually had a higher kills-to-games-played ratio than Barten. Like her teammates, Fitzner was honored with the player of the week award during the season. She won the MIAC Hitter of the Week on November 4th for her role in Concordia's win over St. Ben's in the final match of the regular season.

The other three unsung Concordia players include Rhiannon Grimm (Jr., Hazen, N.Dak./Hazen HS), Kris Sather (Jr., Fosston, Minn./Fosston HS), and Danielle Schmiesing (Sauk Centre, Minn/Sauk Centre HS). All three players helped carry the team during key times last season and all will be called upon for the same in 2003.

Concordia will take an extended trip at the beginning of the season. They will take their act to New York to compete in the Ithaca Tournament. That weekend will go a long way in helping Mosser judge just how the junior-laden Cobbers are progressing. Other key matches include home dates with Bethel (Oct. 9) and St. Thomas (Oct. 22) and an away battle with St. Olaf (Sept. 27). All three of those teams have finished in the top three of the league the past two seasons, and all three will hold the key to turning the building pressure into the steam that will drive the Cobbers engine towards the top of the MIAC in 2003.