Lakeland Finishes Ninth At NIRSA National Tournament
Athletics - posted on 4/15/2006
Date: 4/13/06-4/15/06 NIRSA National Tournament
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Score: #7 Lakeland def. Dayton 25-9, 25-15
#7 Lakeland def. Rhode Island 21-25, 25-14, 15-8
#7 Lakeland def. #18 Central Florida 25-22, 23-25, 15-10
#7 Lakeland def. #23 Ohio State 25-22, 22-25, 15-10
#15 Navy def. #7 Lakeland 25-21, 21-25, 15-13
#5 Illinois def. #7 Lakeland 25-23, 25-20
Finished 9th of 48 teams
Lakeland Overall Record: 43-12-3
WVC Record: 9-3
Midwest 10 Record: 10-2
Next Match: Season Over
Vs. Dayton- Mike Smolinski 21 assists, 7 digs, 2 aces, 2 blocks
Vs. Rhode Island- Jared Rohland 13 kills, .688%, 4 blocks
Vs. Central Florida- Jared Rohland 11 kills, .333%, 3 blocks
Vs. Ohio State- Jared Rohland 15 kills, .524%, 3 blocks
Vs. Navy- Matt Martin 12 kills, .307%, 4 blocks, 2 digs, 1 ace
Vs. Illinois- Joe Julkowski 10 kills, .286%, 2 digs, 2 assists, 1 ace
Matt Martin named Honorable Mention All-American.
Top 48 teams in the nation participated in the Championships.
Lakeland returned only 2 starters from 2005's 3rd place team.
Quote from Coach Schreiber:
"We entered the year with a goal of being in the Gold bracket, and we accomplished that. Once you get to that point you have little room for error if you are going to advance. Unfortunately, we ran into a really hot Illinois team and our serve receive broke down. I know we are better than our 9th place finish, but we lost our Seed in a winnable match against Navy, and thus had to face Illinois earlier than we should have. We put ourselves in that position and failed to get out of it. It was still an incredible year with a very young team."
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