Muskies takes down Maranatha in NAC showdown
Athletics - posted on 10/10/2006
The Lakeland women's volleyball team scored their second straight win, taking down Northern Athletics Conference foe Maranatha Baptist 3-1 (30-22, 23-30, 30-16, 30-17) on Tuesday in at the Moose and Dona Woltzen Gymnasium at Lakeland.
"We have to win four of our five last conference matches and this was one of our toughest two opponents," said Lakeland head coach Chad Schreiber of the Crusaders who entered the match 14-6 overall, 4-1 in the NAC.
The Muskies took control of the Crusaders right away, taking a 30-22 first game win, before surrendering the second game to Maranatha.
Lakeland would come back from a small deficit in the third game to tie the game up at 12-12. Up 20-15, Lakeland then went on an eight point scoring run to cement a third game win.
In the fourth game, Maranatha was tied with Lakeland until the Muskies went on another eight point scoring run to go up 12-4. Despite several attempts, the Crusaders could never recover and the Muskies picked up the conference win.
"At no point tonight was this match close," said Schreiber. "We were either up a lot or behind a lot. A win is a win, but our problem has been stopping opponent runs, which we didn't do tonight."
The Muskies' offense was solid as junior Rachel Young had three servicing aces and sophomore Jessica Sparling recorded 51 assists. The middle had another outstanding night as junior middle hitter Shelly Bruni had 15 kills and freshman middle hitter Kim Linger added 14 kills against the Crusaders.
"I asked our middles to carry the load and they did a nice job of doing that," said Schreiber.
On defense, junior outside hitter Ashley Domask and freshman outside hitter Brittanie Paulus combined for 40 digs against Maranatha.
The Muskies (12-10, 4-3 NAC) will be in action again this weekend at the Southwestern Tournament in Georgetown, Texas.
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