Mens Volleyball Competes At NIRSA National Tournament
April 8-10, 2004
Location: Charlotte, NC
#44 Minnesota def. #20 Lakeland 31-29, 21-25, 15-12
#20 Lakeland def. #29 USC 25-16, 25-21
#20 Lakeland def. #5 Colorado 25-15, 25-19
#20 Lakeland def. #4 California 25-17, 19-25, 15-7
#12 UNLV def. #20 Lakeland 28-26, 25-18
#4 California def. #20 Lakeland 25-23 (one-game playoff)
#20 Lakeland def. #25 Ohio State 23-25, 25-20, 15-12
#5 Colorado def. #20 Lakeland 25-19, 15-25, 15-12
Lakeland finishes 21st of 48 teams.
Lakeland Overall Record: 33-19
Conference Record: 11-5
Next Match: Season Over
The Division I tournament is the top 48 programs in the country regardless of size.
This was Lakeland's first season competing as a Division I program.
Lakeland is the smallest school to compete in Division I.
Lakeland finished 2nd in Division II last season.
The WVC placed 6 teams in the top 25 of their respective divisions.
3 starters sat out the Minnesota match for various reasons.
Chris Gornik was limited to one match on the weekend with a sprained ankle.
Quote from Coach Schreiber:
"Losing to Cal in the tie-breaker game was the defining match of the weekend. A win in that game would have meant a top 10 finish. It was our sixth consecutive game without a break and we did not have enough left to beat them again. Our scores indicate how much parity there is this year, and how close we were to everyone. Most of all I'm glad we proved we belong. Adam Plach deserves special mention for filling Chris's shoes with an intense level of play that allowed us to finish how we did. It was a year of ups and downs that ended with a weekend of ups and downs."