Muskies win conference opener at Edgewood 3-1
Athletics - posted on 9/16/2008
MADISON - The Lakeland women's volleyball team battled back after struggling in the third set to take a 3-1 decision over Edgewood College in the team's Northern Athletics Conference opener at Edgewood.
The Muskies (1-0 NAC, 5-4 overall) took the first two sets, 25-14 and 25-16. After dropping the third set 17-25 and trailing 8-5 in the fourth, Lakeland battled back to close the match 25-19.
"We were able to establish a middle attack early, which made them change their defense," Lakeland head coach Chad Schreiber said. "We then were able to change again once they changed their defense.
After taking the first two sets relatively easily, the Muskies allowed the Eagles (0-1, 3-11) to close to within a set before taking the match in the fourth.
"One single reason we lost the third set was that our blocking fell completely apart," Schreiber said. "They were hitting into the center of our blocks for points. We lost concentration and we lost timing of our jumps. It just created momentum for them and didn't allow our floor defense to do what it should. A minor mistake costed us a lot of points."
The Muskies were led up front by senior right side Heidi Kramer (Green Bay), who had 15 kills. Kramer mustered a run of three consecutive kills in the second set to help the Muskies pull away.
Senior setter Jessica Sparling (Addison, Ill.) had 49 assists. Defensively, junior libero Tonia Strebelinski registered 19 digs, while junior outside hitter Brittanie Paulus (Belgium) notched 10 digs and 12 kills.
"All in all, we're happy to be 1-0 in the conference," Schreiber said.
Lakeland returns to action Thursday to host Concordia, Wis., in the Muskies' first home match of 2008. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at Woltzen Gymnasium.
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