Lakeland volleyball cruises to win after slow start
Athletics - posted on 9/29/2009
SHEBOYGAN - The Lakeland women's volleyball team overcame a slow start to defeat Northern Athletics Conference rival Edgewood 25-20, 25-14, 25-21 in front of a raucous crowd at Moose & Dona Woltzen Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
Lakeland coach Chad Schreiber took a timeout after the Muskies (11-4 overall, 3-0 NAC) fell behind 10-3 early in the first set.
Lakeland would run off eight of the next 10 points in the set to gain the momentum, which they would carry through the rest first set and into the second.
"We cranked it up a notch after that first timeout," Schreiber said. "We made too many hitting errors early. Our offensive shot selection has been a problem recently ... our shots we put in bounds are the ones we don't want to hit, while our shots that land out of bounds are the ones we wanted to kill."
After the Eagles (7-11, 2-1) took a 10-6 lead in the third set, the two teams exchanged points throughout the frame before the Muskies took the last four points of the match.
Just three days earlier, the two teams battled in a tight, five-set match at the Wheaton Invitational. Lakeland also emerged victorious in that contest, winning 20-25, 25-17, 25-14, 17-25, 15-11.
After struggling in last weekend's tournament, senior outside hitter Brittanie Paulus (Belgium, Wis.) revived herself with a team-high 18 kills and 11 digs on the night. Junior setter Kristine Raeder (Oostburg, Wis.) finished with 32 assists, while senior libero Tonia Strebelinski (Berlin, Wis.) recorded a team-high 20 digs.
"The biggest adjustments we made between the two matches were hitting our service areas and changing our tempo on setting to Brittanie," Schreiber said.
The Muskies resume NAC play this Friday at MSOE. Match time is set for 7 p.m. in Milwaukee, Wis.
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