Linger draws NAC player of the week honors
Athletics - posted on 11/10/2009
Lakeland senior Kim Linger has received the Northern Athletics Conference Student-Athlete of the Week award in women's volleyball for the week of Nov. 2-8, the league announced late Monday.
Linger, a senior middle hitter, helped guide the Muskies to their third consecutive NAC Tournament title and second straight appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
In Lakeland's thrilling five-set win in the tournament final at No. 1 seed Dominican, the Eldorado, Wis., native tied for a team high with 14 kills. The Muskies were able to make a crucial seven-point run in the fourth set off Linger's serve, which has become a weapon this season, according to Lakeland coach Chad Schreiber.
"Kim has added a powerful jump serve to her already strong offensive game as a middle," Schreiber said. "She has been on a roll for the last three weeks, and has been one of the critical pieces in helping us advance in postseason play.
"In the Dominican match, I told our girls if we get the ball to Kim and (sophomore middle hitter) Allison Davis out of serve receive in the fifth set, they wouldn't catch us."
In three conference tournament matches last week, Linger recorded a team-leading seven service aces to go along with 37 kills and 10 blocks.
For the season, Linger ranks first in the NAC in hitting percentage (.327) and second in the league with 0.51 service aces per set. She leads the team with 95 blocks and is second with 350 kills.
Lakeland begins NCAA Tournament play this Thursday as the No. 8 seed in the Great Lakes Region. The Muskies will take on regional host and No. 1 seed Hope at 7 p.m. Central (8 p.m. Eastern) in Holland, Mich.
To see a complete list of NAC honorees from last week, click here
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