Three women's volleyball players picked to All-NAC squad
Athletics - posted on 11/11/2009
Four members of the Lakeland women's volleyball program were recognized as the Northern Athletics Conference released its 2009 All-NAC Women's volleyball teams on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Seniors Kim Linger (Eldorado, Wis.) and Brittanie Paulus (Belgium, Wis.) were placed on the first team, while junior setter Kristine Raeder (Sheboygan Falls, Wis.) earned honorable mention accolades.
Head coach Chad Schreiber was named the league's Co-Coach of the Year after leading the Muskies to their third consecutive NAC regular season and tournament titles. Dominican's Christine Paciero shared the accolade.
A middle hitter, Linger has emerged as one of the team's top offensive threats. Her .328 hitting percentage leads the conference, and her 64 service aces are first on the team and second in the conference. Linger, now a two-time member of the first team, was recently named the NAC Student-Athlete of the Week for women's volleyball.
"Kim has risen a step above in her senior year," Schreiber said. "She has improved her blocking, attacking, and now added a lethal serve."
Paulus, the league's 2007 Player of the Year, received her third consecutive first-team honor and fourth all-conference accolade. A four-year starter at outside hitter, Paulus broke the school's career digs record earlier this season and is on pace to finish among the program's all-time leaders in kills. She currently leads the team with 413 kills and 544 digs this season.
"Brittanie is the heart and soul of our team and one of the best players to ever wear a Lakeland uniform," Schreiber said. "If her numbers ever look unimpressive, it is only because we ask her too often to make the impossible play that she makes with regularity."
In her first year as the Muskies' starting setter, Raeder leads the conference with 1,228 assists at a rate 9.75 assists per set. As one of the team's most consistent servers, Raeder currently stands second on the team with 36 service aces.
"Kristine took over full-time setting duties this season and led the NAC in assists," Schreiber said. "She is a solid server and defender, and has improved every week this season."
Schreiber, who is in his 15th season with the Lakeland program, has now won three consecutive Coach of the Year awards and six overall in his career. The Sheboygan Falls, Wis., native notched his 300th career victory in Lakeland's three-set victory over Wisconsin Lutheran in the quarterfinals of the NAC Tournament on Nov. 3.
Entering the 2009 season, Schreiber was one of just 21 coaches under the age of 40 across all levels of the NCAA with at least 250 career victories.
"I am humbled by the award, especially since it was chosen by my coaching peers," Schreiber said. "This is always more of a player-performance award than a coaching award."
Senior libero Tonia Strebelinski (Berlin, Wis.), who has 464 digs and 20 service aces this season, was named to the NAC All-Sportsmanship team.
Middle blocker Katie Roessler of Concordia, Wis., received her second straight NAC Player of the Year honor.
To view the complete 2009 All-Northern Athletics Conference Women's Volleyball team, click here
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