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The women's volleyball team improved to 9-3 in LMC play after beating both Marian and Concordia at the Moose and Dona Woltzen Gymnasium on Saturday Oct. 1st. The Muskies defeated Marian in the first match 3-0 (30-23, 30-25, 30-12) and Concordia later 3-1 (30-23, 30-21, 28-30, 30-18).
"It was fun," said head coach Chad Schreiber. "For the first time in a couple weeks I could tell we were having fun playing and that made all the difference in the world. Our serving has always been a weapon for us. The only game we lost on the day was the day we served the worst."
In the first match the Muskies were able to serve the ball well, which allowed them to dominate the match. Sophomore Ashley Domask led the way with three service aces, 10 kills and 15 digs. Seniors Sarah Buechel tallied 15 digs, Heather Heberlien registered 12 kills, while Nikki Boeckh also netted 11 kills.
"The first match was great transition for us," said Schreiber. "We took them out of their system with the serve and from there everything click. The pass was good, the sets were good and the hitters were smart.
"Heather Heberlien returned to form today," said Schreiber. "Danielle Duranceau is starting to establish herself as a go to player. Defensively, Buechel is the spark we need. I have been saying for awhile our best players need to be our best players and today they stepped up."
In the second match against Concordia the Muskies played as a team. Four players recorded double digits in digs with senior Lana Neuman leading the team with 16 digs. Senior Megan Maas tallied 15, while Domask and Buechel each had 14. Offensively, five players broke into the double digits in kills led by Heberlein with 16. Domask recorded 15, sophomore Shelly Bruni and Boeckh netted 12 and senior Danielle Duranceau had 11.
"Today we played volleyball," said Schreiber. "Concordia played a nice defensive brand of volleyball so they force you to play a solid all around game to beat them. They will out dig you and out hustle you so you have to play complete volleyball to beat them and our girls did."
The Muskies will have a bye week this week and their next match will be at Maranatha Baptist on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.