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The Lakeland College women's volleyball team dropped a pair of non-conference matches in the final day of play at the UW-Oshkosh Invite on Saturday, Oct. 13, falling to UW-Stevens Point, 3-1, and dropping a 3-2 heartbreaker to UW-Whitewater in the fifth-place match.
The Muskies (15-11 overall), were unable to get ahead against the Pointers in their first match, as the squad was only able to take game three, 30-25, while dropping the other three games, 30-23, 30-18 and 30-17.
Senior middle hitter Shelly Bruni led the squad on the scoreboard with 12 kills, followed by senior outside hitter Ashley Domask with 10 kills. Sophomore outside hitter Brittanie Paulus poured most of her energy into the backcourt, posting a team-high 17 digs, followed by defensive specialists Tonia Strebelinski and Rachel Young with 14 digs apiece.
Lakeland then went on a comeback run against UW-Whitewater in their second match of the day for fifth-place in the tournament, taking the first two games, 30-26, 30-22. However, the Muskies weren't able to hold that momentum, as the squad dropped the remaining three games of the match, 30-22, 30-13, 15-6.
Bruni and Domask attempted to lift the offense with a tie for kills leader with 12 each. Strebelinski and Paulus stayed strong on defense with 23 and 20 digs, respectively, while Paulus also knocked down 10 kills.
The Muskies will look to regain their confidence and defend their perfect Northern Athletics Conference record as they continue conference play with Wisconsin Lutheran College on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Match time is set for 7 p.m. in Milwaukee, Wis.