Muskies fall in first round of Hoosier-Illini Classic
Athletics - posted on 2/27/2011
The Lakeland College men's volleyball team was knocked out in the opening round of the silver bracket at the Hoosier-Illini Classic on Sunday, a 2-1 (18-25, 13-25, 15-11) loss to No. 16-ranked Ball State.
The Muskies (10-10) rhythm disappeared after a convincing first game, leading to a disappointing finish at the Classic.
"After coming out and playing so well in the first game, it was disappointing to see our offense disappear," said Lakeland head coach Chad Schreiber. "Average passing led to out of system setting and then to hitting errors. We didn't make Ball State earn this one, we had 12 hitting errors in the second game and couldn't make the necessary plays in the third."
Lakeland, who is an honorable mention in the Feb. 4, National Collegiate Volleyball Federation poll, was led offensively by freshman Brett Kaczmarek (Kenosha, Wis.) who had 13 kills and eight digs. Fellow freshman Glenn Frost (Hanover Park, Ill.) added seven kills, while senior setter Chis Kubacki (Vernon Hills, Ill.) had 20 assists and a team-high nine digs.
"This weekend we wanted to learn more about players who haven't gotten significant playing time and we wanted to see how different line-up combinations worked for us," said Schreiber. "What we found is that we still don't have a strength in our game to rely on and our flaws seem to be exposed at some point in every match."
The Muskies return to action Wednesday, March 2, as they travel to Whitewater, Wis. to face WVC foe UW-Whitewater. The match is set for 8 p.m.
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