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The women's volleyball team (17-13, 7-3 NAC) fought all the way through a grueling five-game non-conference match with St. Norbert to tally their second win of the day, 3-2 (25-30, 30-25, 32-30, 28-30, 15-13), closing out their home triangular meet on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2-0.
"It was a win we had to have to have any kind of hope at making the NCAA tournament," said head coach Chad Schreiber. "We would also need to win out the conference tournament and win at least two of our matches this weekend to even have hope, but a loss would have killed any chance."
Thanks to strong contributions from outside hitters junior Ashley Domask and freshman Brittanie Paulus, the Muskies are now guaranteed a third place regular-season finish in the NAC. Domask led the offensive drive with 23 kills to go with 17 digs, while Paulus racked up a team-high 26 digs and chipped in 14 kills.
"Ashley had a really good weekend," said Schreiber of Domask's recent team-leading stats. "Also, Brittanie makes more plays on offense every time she gets on the court. She's starting to serve receive and swing better."
The Muskies also received big contributions from sophomore setter Jessica Sparling, who went for 56 assists, nine digs, three blocks and three serving aces. Freshman middle hitter Kim Linger also boosted the squad with 14 kills and six blocks, while sophomore outside hitter Heidi Kramer tallied ten kills and five blocks.
"Our defense stepped up as the match went on, especially the blocking part" Schreiber said. "I still think we always leave the glass half empty in terms of our aggression, but I think our focus is getting better. If we can get our aggression to match our focus, I think we'll be in a good spot."
Lakeland will be back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 24, to wrap up their Northern Athletics Conference regular season schedule with a home match against winless Dominican University. Match time is set for 7 p.m.