Can Lutherans dig a volleyball dynasty?
Concordia University, St. Paul (33-4) claimed its NCAA record-tying sixth consecutive Division II volleyball championship December 8, defeating #7 University of Tampa (31-5) in an epic five-set thriller (27-29, 17-25, 25-23, 25-23, 16-14) on the campus of the University of West Florida.
Concordia ties the NCAA record (all divisions) in the sport of volleyball for consecutive national championships, joining Washington-St. Louis (1991-96) at the Division III level. Concordia’s six total titles stand alone at the Division II level.
After dropping the first two sets and rallying to tie the match to send it into a deciding fifth, the Spartans had championship point on the Golden Bears at 14-13 after a 3-point rally when Concordia led 13-11. Concordia responded with a 3-point rally of its own to win the match 16-14.