Muskies Improve to 3-2 in NAC with Win Over Rockford
Athletics - posted on 10/6/2006
The women's volleyball team (10-9, 3-2 NAC) corrected their four-match losing skid with a commanding 3-0 win over Rockford College on Friday night with scores 30-21, 30-24 and 30-28.
Freshman middle hitter Kim Linger provided a huge lift for the Muskies with a team-high 12 kills, while also adding four solo blocks and five block assists.
"Kim Linger had the best match of her freshman career," said head coach Chad Schreiber. "We played a team that sets to the middle, and that gave her opportunities to be a blocker tonight."
Linger was just one of four freshman in tonight's starting line-up that was dominated by underclassmen, as the other members included one sophomore and one junior.
"We're still in an adjustment period," said Schreiber of his shuffled line-up. "We have a couple people who have shown they deserve playing time, but we're still looking for people to step forward and show they deserve starting spots."
Junior middle hitter Shelly Bruni, who racked up seven kills and four block assists on the night, wasn't fazed by the changes.
"We're very comfortable as a team all around, so it's not too big of a difference," Bruni said.
Although the adjustments looked to be giving the Muskies a bit of trouble at first, as they started out the first game of the match down 6-0, the squad recovered fairly quickly to tie the game 13-13 and went on to lead for the rest of the game.
Sophomore outside hitter Heidi Kramer also made strong contributions on offense, recording nine kills, while fellow sophomore Jessica Sparling went for 38 assists. Freshman Brittanie Paulus held up the Muskies' back row with 14 digs, aided by seven digs from junior defensive specialist Rachel Young.
Schreiber was pleased with the overall effort, but still had some concerns heading into tomorrow's triangular meet with Northern Athletics Conference opponent Concordia, Wis., and Lawrence University.
"Although I thought we played really well, we need to gain momentum," Schreiber said. "Even though the scoreboard indicated we were ahead, it never felt like we were pulling ahead as much as we should have been."
Bruni echoed Schreiber's thoughts, citing the team's energy level as an important factor.
"We improved to the point where we worked better as a team, but we need to get a little more energetic," she said. "Tomorrow we just need to pull together as a team and kick some butt."
Tomorrow the Muskies will first face host Concordia, Wis., at 11 a.m. followed by Lawrence at 1 p.m.
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