Lakeland splits matches at Pizza Hut Classic as Paulus rewrites record book
Athletics - posted on 9/11/2009
The Lakeland women's volleyball team split its first two matches at the Pizza Hut Classic at UW-Oshkosh on Friday night.
The Muskies (4-2) opened the night with a 25-23, 25-17, 25-19 victory over Elmhurst (Ill.).
Senior outside hitter Brittanie Paulus led the Muskies offensively with 13 kills, while senior libero Tonia Strebelinski (Berlin, Wis.) paced the back row with 12 digs. Senior middle hitter Kim Linger (Eldorado, Wis.) added three service aces.
"We've seen ourselves play at a high level, so we know we are capable of playing at that level," Paulus said. "We need to become more consistent this season playing at that level."
Immediately following its first match, Lakeland let a 2-1 set advantage slip away in a 25-11, 21-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-13 loss to the University of Chicago.
In the loss, Paulus (Belgium, Wis.) became Lakeland's all-time leader in digs, passing Amy Lieske '04, who held the previous record with 1,384. Paulus posted 21 kills and 26 digs, both team highs, in the contest.
"I honestly forgot all about the record," Paulus said. "I had seen it somewhere before, but I had no idea I was that close. It's kind of cool that I didn't just barely get it in one match, but I sort of shattered it."
Junior setter Kristine Raeder (Oostburg, Wis.) recorded 49 assists, while Strebelinski and senior outside hitter Kaylyn Kasper (Hilbert, Wis.) registered 15 digs apiece in the second match.
"When we are not doing well on serve receives, we don't play well," Paulus said. "We weren't passing very well during the match, but when we did get a good pass, we didn't take advantage of it ... it was a little frustrating."
The Muskies, who finished in second place in Pool C, will take on Lake Forest (12 p.m.) and Augustana (2 p.m.), who also finished second in their respective pools, on Saturday.
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