Muskies Burn Inferno, Stretch Match Win Streak to Seven
Athletics - posted on 10/10/2007
The Lakeland College women's volleyball team (14-8, 9-0 NAC) continued its perfect Northern Athletics Conference record with a 3-0 match win over Alverno College on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Lakeland.
"We set some team goals to reach, and they reached them all," said head coach Chad Schreiber of his squad. "I was pretty pleased that we were able to try out different line-up combinations, and every line-up found a way to win."
Along with trying out different line-ups came a bit of a slow start in game one, but the Muskies adjusted quickly to take the game, 30-22. The squad's offense really clicked in game two, squashing the Inferno's hopes of a comeback flat with a 30-12 outcome on an impressive .519 hitting as a team, giving Lakeland the right momentum heading into the third game to finish off the match, 30-24.
"It was nice to get everyone on the floor," Schreiber said, as every member of the Muskies' roster saw court time. "The attitude of the team has been great all year and the effort has been great in practice, so it's nice to have a night to be able to reward the girls for that."
Sophomore Kaylyn Kasper, who came off the bench to lead Lakeland's offensive attack with nine kills on .538 hitting and a team-high four service aces, proved herself a major factor in the squad's total team effort.
"I was a middle hitter last year, but I was moved to outside this year," Kasper said. "I had a tough time at first, but the more I practiced, the better it was. Chad told me to pick up my serves a little bit and not be afraid to serve the ball hard."
Schreiber was also pleased with the efforts of freshman outside hitter Andrea Mueller and freshman setter Kristine Raeder, who were also key contributors off the bench, with Raeder leading the Muskies in assists with 18.
"Andrea Mueller had a really good night tonight, and Kristine Raeder has been playing well all season, so it was no surprise that she set well tonight," Schreiber said.
Senior middle hitter Shelly Bruni was also a tough match on offense, knocking down six kills, while outside hitters senior Ashley Domask and sophomore Brittanie Paulus also contributed with five kills apiece.
Lakeland will now resume non-conference tournament play this weekend at UW-Oshkosh in hopes of giving itself a chance to make a run for an NCAA bid.
"We said we need to make a presence early in the year and try to steal some matches, but I don't think we stole enough early in the year," Schreiber said. "That puts some pressure on us this weekend and the next two weekends. We're going to have the opportunity to play at least five nationally-ranked teams, if we want to have any shot at the post-season, we need to beat two or three of those teams."
The Muskies will begin tournament play with the host Titans, ranked No. 5 in the nation, on Friday, Oct. 12. Match time is set for 5 p.m. in Oshkosh, Wis.
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