Concordia Volleyball Claims Sixth Consecutive National Championship

Created: 12/08/2012 9:45 PM KSTP.com By: Chris Long

The dynasty continues – Concordia University, St. Paul (33-4) claimed its NCAA record-tying sixth consecutive Division II Volleyball Championship on Saturday night, defeating Tampa University in an epic five-set thriller (27-29, 17-25, 25-23, 25-23, 16-14) on the campus of West Florida.

The win improves Concordia's NCAA Tournament win streak to 36 consecutive matches, as its all-time NCAA Tournament record improves to 44-4 in 10 appearances. Concordia is now 6-1 in seven trips to the National Championship, all under the direction of head coach Brady Starkey.  

The Bears were led by senior Ellie Duffy with 23 kills. Kayla Koenecke also reached double figures, posting 20 kills and 15 digs her 13th double-double of the season. Ashley Murtha led the defense with 18 digs.

(Courtesy: Concordia University Sports Information)