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The Lakeland College men's volleyball team hosted Wisconsin Volleyball Conference foe the University of Wisconsin-Stout in a double-header on Saturday afternoon.
The Muskies (10-11, 4-4 WVC) put together six solid sets, their best effort all season in a win over UW-Stout.
In the first match Lakeland was able to get into a rhythm and swept the Blue Devils, 3-0 (25-11, 25-22, 25-12). Lakeland was led offensively by senior right side Dan Sheets-Poling (Plainfield, Ill.), who had nine kills in 11 attempts for an .818 hitting percentage. Freshman Alec Redlich (Wauwatosa, Wis.) and sophomore Matt Bilinski (Batavia, Ill.) added 18 and nine kills respectively. Freshman setter Dayton Erickson (Trevor, Wis.) finished with 44 assists.
Defensively, the Muskies tallied 21 digs, led by Redlich who had seven and freshman Cole Aiazzi (Yerington, Nev.) who had five digs.
In the second match Lakeland battled hard and was able to overcome a minor hiccup, winning in four sets, 3-1 (25-22, 29-27, 19-25, 25-19). Redlich led the Muskies on offense, collecting 20 kills, while senior Beau Bradshaw (Oak Lawn, Ill.) added 12 kills. Erickson added another 46 assists while recording five digs.
Defensively, senior libero Andrew Cheever (Greenfield, Wis.) led the team with 17 digs, while Redlich added 14. Bradshaw also got in the mix on defense, tallying a team-high four blocks.
"The guys played hard and are really playing well together," said Lakeland head coach Joe Julkowski. "Minus a hiccup in the third set of the second match, they were leaving it all out on the court. I like to see us earn our points rather than relying on the opposition to make the errors. Stout is a good team, but our serving was able to take them out of system throughout the day and our passing was where it needed to be to run our offense."
Lakeland returns to action on Saturday, March 3, when the Muskies take part in the Midwest 10 Championships with the location, opponents and times yet to be determined.