Four players receive first-team all-NAC, Schreiber named coach of the year
Athletics - posted on 11/11/2008
Four players on the Lakeland women's volleyball team were named first-team all-Northern Athletics Conference, as the league announced its all-conference honorees late Monday.
Lakeland head coach Chad Schreiber was also named the conference's Coach of the Year by his peers.
Of the 12 first-team members as voted on by NAC coaches,
four of them were Muskies.
It is the third time senior setter Jessica Sparling (Addison, Ill.) has received first-team all-conference honors. Sparling, one of three Muskie captains, leads the team with 983 assists, which is second in the league. As a 5-10 setter, Sparling is used up front as a blocker and attacker as well. She is third on the team with 61 blocks.
"It's a testament to Jessica's play that three hitters around her were also named first-team all-conference," Schreiber said. "It says a lot about her ability to put them in good position to succeed."
Senior right side hitter Heidi Kramer's first-team nod is the second all-NAC mention of her career. The Green Bay native was named to the all-Rookie team in 2005. Kramer, who is also a captain, is second on the team with 286 kills and is one of four players on the team to appear in all 35 matches so far this season.
"It's great to see Heidi get this because she has had a little bit of a roller-coaster career," Schreiber said. "She sets up our total offense more than any of our other attackers. It's nice to see her finish out her career on the upswing."
Junior outside hitter Brittanie Paulus (Belgium), who won the league's Player of the Year award last season, also received first-team accolades. The co-captain leads the team with 332 kills, 436 digs and 27 service aces. Paulus received honorable mention recognition and was named to the all-Rookie team in 2006, her freshman season.
"Brittanie is the glue that holds it all together on this team," Schreiber said. "She does whatever we need in a give match, whether it's digs, kills or serves, she finds a way to win. It's nice to see that the conference recognizes Brittanie the same way we do even though her numbers aren't often ones you'd associate with individual awards."
Junior middle hitter Kim Linger has garnered her third league award as a first-team all-NAC member. The Eldorado native leads the team with 84 blocks and also has 266 kills for the year. Linger received honorable mention and all-Rookie team honors as a freshman in 2006.
"Kim is still a player on her way up," Schreiber said. "This award is a sign of who she can become as well as who she already is."
Schreiber wins his second consecutive honor as the league's top coach. Schreiber is a five-time winner of the award, as he captured Coach of the Year in the former Lake Michigan Conference three straight times between 2001 and 2003.
"There were a lot of coaches in this league whose teams outperformed expectations this year," Schreiber said. "This is more of a player-performance award than a coaching award, especially when your team has four first-team all-conference players on it."
Junior middle hitter Katie Roessler of Concordia Wisconsin took home the league's Player of the Year award. Roessler topped the conference in hitting percentage (.320) and blocks (1.19 bpg), leading the Falcons to a runner-up finish at the NAC Tournament.
For a complete list of the 2008-09 Northern Athletics Conference awards, click here
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