Concordia-St. Paul claims sixth national championship after defeating Tampa

Concordia-St. Paul Athletics
Last Updated - December 9, 2012 12:26 GMT

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The dynasty continues – Concordia St. Paul (33-4) claimed its NCAA record-tying sixth consecutive Division II Volleyball Championship on Saturday, defeating Tampa (31-5) in an epic five-set match(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 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. Concordia has played in seven championship matches under Starkey in his 10 years at the helm of the program.

The Golden Bears were led by senior Ellie Duffy with 23 kills. Junior Kayla Koenecke also reached double figures, posting 20 kills and 15 digs for her 13th double-double of the season. Sophomore Ashley Murtha led the defense with 18 digs.
Junior Amanda Konetchy produced 72 assists – the fifth highest total in a single match in school history.
Concordia’s four All-Americans: Cassie Haag, Konetchy, Duffy and Koenecke were named to the All-Tournament Team