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The Lakeland College women's volleyball team used a balanced effort Saturday afternoon in blanking second-place Concordia Chicago 25-19, 25-17, 25-11, in a key Northern Athletics Conference match
"It was our best overall played match of the year," Lakeland head coach Chad Schreiber said. "Best team effort, best performance on never letting their game drop too far when the other team pushed hard. It was a complete, all-around win."
The Muskies (13-5, 6-0 NAC), winners of their last five matches and nine of their last 10, held Concordia to a .113 hitting percentage, while hitting a season high .402. Five of nine Muskies tallied at least seven kills. Senior Heidi Kramer (Green Bay) led the Lakeland attack with a team-high 14 kills. Junior Brittanie Paulus (Belgium), whose playing status was in question due to an injury sustained in Friday's match against Dominican, tallied nine kills and a team-leading 14 digs.
"I think all great athletes find a way to win," said Schreiber. "Brittanie wasn't hurt enough not to play, so she was going to find a way to win with whatever was left in her game. She used her intelligence and defensive positioning to make sure she contributed today."
The Muskies look to maintain their perfect conference record as they travel next weekend to Aurora and Benedictine.
"We've put ourselves in a position to control our own destiny, which is what you always want to do," Schreiber said. "Now, at the midpoint of our conference schedule, we're in a position to determine what happens to us."