Muskie Volleyball Invite Underway; Lakeland Drops Two
Sept. 5, 2003
The first-ever Women's Volleyball Muskie Invite Tournament began Friday evening in Sheboygan and made for a quick night. All five matches took only three games in a tournament that features some of the best teams in the country.
Of the five teams in the tournament, four had won their conference title last season and three had participated in the 2002 NCAA Regionals.
Lakeland opened the tournament at 4pm by falling to St. Norbert in three straight by scores of 30-23, 30-27 and 30-11. This game had some extra intensity as the teams were very familiar with each other. Last season the Muskies bested the Knights two times in the regular season, but fell to them in the first round of the NCAA playoffs.
Leaders for Lakeland included Heather Heberlein with 11 kills and a .450 hitting percentage. Liz Limburg added 12 digs.
At the same time on court two UW-River Falls routed Aurora, the only team that didn't win their conference last year, by the scores of 30-9, 30-14 and 30-19.
At 6pm River Falls defeated St. Norbert by the scores of 30-20, 30-20 and 30-17. On the adjacent court Elmhurst handled Aurora 30-14, 30-28, 30-18.
The lone night match featured the host Muskies verses Elmhurst. Elmhurst came out on top with a 30-27, 30-19 and 30-16 final.
Monica Draeger led Lakeland with 9 kills, had a .360 hitting percentage and chipped in with 3 blocks. Limburg added a whopping 17 digs in the match.
Lakeland Head Coach Chad Schreiber felt good about his young team's overall performance despite the outcome.
"I was pleasantly surprised that our young lineup was able to compete with these top teams for such a sustained period of time," said Schreiber. "I was also disappointed in the number of times we beat ourselves and didn't make the other team earn it."
Tomorrow's schedule begins at 10am when the Muskies will play River Falls while St. Norbert takes on Elmhurst. The 12pm matches feature St. Norbert verses Aurora and River Falls verses Elmhurst. Lakeland will conclude the tournament at 2pm against the Spartans of Aurora.