Lakeland sweeps WLC as Schreiber wins No. 300
Athletics - posted on 11/3/2009
SHEBOYGAN - The Lakeland women's volleyball team defeated Wisconsin Lutheran 25-21, 25-18, 25-23 in a Northern Athletics Conference quarterfinal match on Tuesday night at Moose & Dona Woltzen Gymnasium.
The second-seeded Muskies (21-12) advance to the tournament semifinals, where they will host either No. 6 Edgewood or No. 3 Benedictine on Thursday night at 7 p.m.
With the win, Lakeland coach Chad Schreiber earned his 300th career victory.
The Muskies, who jumped out to a 13-7 lead in the first set, used runs in the last two frames to overcome a feisty Wisconsin Lutheran squad, which was the tournament's seventh seed.
After the Warriors (17-17) surged to a 9-5 advantage in the second set, the team used a six-point run to retake control of the match.
In the final set, Lakeland won eight of the last 10 points after trailing 21-17.
"Wisconsin Lutheran is a very good team," Schreiber said. "They have all the athletes to win, we just have a little more experience.
"The way we played this weekend carried over into tonight. We are playing well at the right time."
Senior outside hitter Brittanie Paulus (Belgium, Wis.) led the Muskie attack with 14 kills and 11 digs, while senior middle hitter Kim Linger (Eldorado, Wis.) posted 13 kills for a .500 hitting percentage.
Junior outside hitter Sam Shepeck (Gladstone, Mich.) connected for 11 kills, and senior right side hitter Kaylyn Kasper (Hilbert, Wis.) tallied a team-high 12 digs.
"We rely on Kim and Brittanie every match, but Sam and Kaylyn stepped up and made the difference," Schreiber said.
Schreiber, who is in his 15th season at Lakeland, turned around the women's volleyball program upon his arrival and has won eight conference championships and made five NCAA Tournament appearances.
A Sheboygan Falls, Wis., native, Schreiber also began the men's volleyball program, which has grown into a perennial powerhouse on the national club volleyball circuit.
"This milestone means I have good people around me, from assistant coaches to players to family," Schreiber said. "Most importantly, this win gives me the opportunity to coach our seniors one more time. I'm not ready to be done with them."
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