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The Lakeland Muskies captured their fifth straight conference title with a 3-0 win against MSOE on Thursday, Oct. 27. With the win the Muskies improved to 13-3 in the LMC and a tie for first place with Maranatha. The Muskies won the tie-breaker and received home court advantage throughout the LMC tournament.
"Our players were ready for this," said head coach Chad Schreiber. "A confident determination was visible in their level of play. After starting the season 1-3 we had no room for error. We took care of everything within our control and were fortunate to get the help we needed from other teams. I said going into the season we may struggle early but could finish strong. I never would have guessed how prophetic that statement turned out to be. The team is extremely excited to be hosting the conference tournament."
Lakeland came out fired up to play and walked away winning three straight sets 30-17, 30-25 and 30-14.
"Last night was a huge match for us," said senior Lana Neuman. "We were really excited about playing. We played awesome defense last night with great blocking. We had a lot of fun and had a lot of energy on the court. In the second game we were down by about five and we overcame a deficit, which is something we haven't really done this year. It was just a huge match for us."
The Muskies were led offensively by senior Heather Heberlein and sophomore Ashley Domask. Heberlein tallied 14 kills while Domask registered 13. Senior Lana Neuman led the team with 47 assists on the net. On the defensive side of the ball senior Sarah Buechel netted 17 digs. Buechel was helped on the defensive end by Domask, who had 14 digs, and Neuman, who recorded nine.
"It is awesome to win the conference title every year we as seniors have been here," said Neuman. "Winning conference every year we've been here is a goal of ours that we have now achieved. It's an amazing accomplishment and we've had a lot of fun doing it."
With the victory the Muskies will host the quarterfinal round on Thursday, Nov. 3 against either Alverno or Dominican at 7:00 p.m.