The Cardinal Volleyball team will travel to Mequon, WI this weekend to compete in the Concordia Invitational Volleyball Tournament (CIVT). Concordia-Wisconsin will host this year's tournament which will include the Concordia-Chicago (CUC), Concordia-Texas (CTX), and Concordia-Ann Arbor (CUAA). The tournament stems from the basketball CIT which is entering its 67th year and is the second longest running tournament in the country behind the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).
Concordia University-Ann Arbor Cardinals
2016-17 Record: 16-18
2017-18 Record: 0-8
The Cardinals come into CIVT with a young team led by a pair of seniors, Alisha Anderson (SR/Dexter, MI) and Rebecca McDonald (SR/Linden, MI). Concordia began the season with the Kickoff Tournament at home where they faced Keiser, Spring Arbor, Mount Vernon Nazarene, and Evangel. A week later they traveled to Chicago where they played another four teams at the Saint Xavier and Trinity Christian Tournament.
The Cardinals will face off against Concordia-Wisconsin in their first game on Friday, Sept. 1st. The only other time the Cardinals and Falcons met up was in 2015 that ended in a 1-1 tie after going to double overtime.
Concordia University-Wisconsin Falcons
2016-17 Record: 23-8
2017-18 Record: 0-0
The Falcons finished with a 2016 campaign with a NACC conference championship clinching an automatic bid in the NCAA DIII National Tournament. The Falcons were defeated in the first round to the No. 1 seed Cal Lutheran. Head Coach Janelle Kratz returns nearly all of it's roster from last year including their five All - NACC conference members.
Concordia University-Chicago Cougars
2016-17 Record: 6-22
2017-18 Record: 0-0
Fourth year Head Coach Troy Campbell returns six players, but remains a very young team with nine freshman that into the Cardinals resurgence this season. The Cardinals return leading outside attack Austin Thompson with 202 kills from last season.
Concordia University-Nebraska Bulldogs
2016-17 Record: 15-19
2017-18 Record: 2-4
The Bulldogs are coached by Scott Mattera and have started off their 2017 campaign with a 2-4 record. The Bulldogs compete in the Great Plains Athletic Conference that features 6 teams ranked or receiving votes. Last year the Bulldogs finished 7th in the GPAC and were picked by coaches to do so again this year.
CUAA will not face off against Concordia-Nebraska in this year's tournament.
Friday, September 1st
5:00 pm CUC vs. CTX
Saturday, September 2nd
11:00 am CUW vs. CTX
3:00 pm CUW vs. CUC