Muskies split a pair on first day at UW-Whitewater Invitational
Athletics - posted on 10/31/2008
The Lakeland women's volleyball team split a pair of matches on the opening day of the two-day UW-Whitewater Volleyball Invitational in Whitewater.
The Muskies (21-9) dropped the first set, but prevailed against Trinity International 17-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-20.
"We took a little bit to get into our rhythm, but we played really well against Trinity," Lakeland head coach Chad Schreiber said.
In the second match, the Muskies couldn't overcome a tremendously talented UW-Oshkosh squad. The Titans, ranked No. 7 in the nation with a 32-2 overall record, defeated the Muskies 25-18, 25-20, 25-17.
"They are just as good as advertised," Schreiber said. "We had trouble with our serve receive and couldn't get a strong enough serve attack. We also made three or four unforced errors in each set, so we seemed to be fighting a losing battle the entire match."
For the day, Schreiber pointed out the strong individual defensive play of sophomore setter Kristine Raeder (Sheboygan Falls) and junior outside hitter Brittanie Paulus (Belgium).
"For the most part, it was a steady team effort across the board, but I thought Kristine and Brittanie played outstanding defense today," Schreiber said.
The Muskies return to action for the second day of the tournament on Saturday. Lakeland will face Midwest Collegiate Conference champion St. Ambrose at 1 p.m., followed by a 3 p.m. match with No. 11 UW-Whitewater.
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