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The Gustavus volleyball team received word on Monday morning that it has received an invitation to participate in the 2008 NCAA Division III National Tournament. Coach Kari Eckheart's squad, which has compiled a record of 26-4, received one of 19 at-large berths to the tournament. The Gusties will travel to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. to play University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, which is 23-11, on Thursday, November 13 at 3:30 p.m.
The 18th-ranked Gustavus volleyball team saw its 11-match winning streak come to an end as No. 6 St. Thomas defeated the Gusties 3-1 (20-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-25) in the MIAC Playoff Championship on Saturday night in St. Paul. Olivia Warren (Fy., Goodhue, Minn.), Meghan Gehring (Jr., Eau Claire, Wis.), and Angela Ahrendt (Fy., Shoreview, Minn.) tallied 12 kills each during the match, but it would not be enough as the Tommies' Katie McCaffrey posted a double-double with 20 kills and 11 blocks.
The Gustavus volleyball team advanced to the finals of the MIAC Tournament with a 3-0 win (27-25, 25-16, 25-17) over Saint Mary's on Thursday night in St. Peter. The Gusties will now play St. Thomas in the playoff championship match on Saturday night at 7:00 pm in St. Paul, Minn. The winner receives an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference volleyball coaches released their 2008 Post-Season Awards Wednesday, November 5 and honored three Gustavus volleyball players for their play this season. Bridget Burtzel (Sr., Cold Spring, Minn.) and Emily Klein (Sr., Red Wing, Minn.) were named to the 18-member squad, while Klein was named the MIAC Defensive Player of the Year for the third consecutive year.
The Gustavus volleyball team claimed the #2-seed in the MIAC Post-Season Tournament by defeating Saint Mary's 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-17) on Saturday in Winona. Coach Kari Eckheart's team registered 44 kills and just 12 errors for a .258 hitting percentage and tallied 10 team blocks. Gustavus improved to 25-3 overall and 9-2 in the MIAC, as it finished tied for second place in the conference standings for the second time in three seasons. Saint Mary's dropped to 17-12 overall and 5-6 in the conference.
The 19th-ranked Gustavus volleyball team overcame a 2-1 deficit to escape with a 3-2 (24-26, 29-27, 26-28, 25-10, 21-19) win over Macalester College in St. Paul on Wednesday night. The Gusties saved four match points in the fifth set to remain in the running for the second seed in the MIAC Post-Season Tournament. Both squads recorded 73 kills, but the difference in the match was blocking as Gustavus outblocked the Scots 14-5.
Gustavus Adolphus College senior setter Bridget Burtzel (Cold Spring, Minn./ROCORI) has been named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Setter/Libero of the Week for the week ending October 27, 2008. Burtzel helped the Gusties secure a MIAC playoff spot with key wins over 21st-ranked Saint Benedict and 12th-ranked Concordia College.
The 20th-ranked Gustavus volleyball team defeated its second ranked opponent of the week in a 3-2 win (25-21, 25-23, 25-27, 21-25, 15-10) over No. 12 Concordia on Friday in St. Peter. The Gustie back row players were able to withstand the Cobber offensive attack as Coach Kari Eckheart's squad compiled 134 digs. With the win, the Gusties clinched a spot in the MIAC Post-Season Tournament as they improved to 7-2 in the league and 23-3 overall.
The Gustavus volleyball team prevailed in a battle of ranked teams as the 20th-ranked Gusties defeated 21st-ranked Saint Benedict 3-1 (25-27, 25-23, 27-25, 25-15) on Wednesday in St. Peter. The Blazers outhit coach Kari Eckheart's squad 56-51, but committed 11 more hitting errors during the match. Gustavus improved to 22-3 overall and 6-2 in conference play, while Saint Benedict saw its' 18-game winning streak come to an end as it dropped to 25-4 overall and 8-1 in the MIAC.
The Gustavus Adolphus volleyball team will be taking part in the "Dig Pink" initiative at the Gustavus vs. Saint Benedict volleyball match on Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. Dig Pink is an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness headed by the Side-Out Foundation. In conjunction with the event, admission for Wednesday's match is free as freewill donations accepted instead. Spectators are also encouraged to show their support for the event by wearing pink to the game.