Muskies take down Maranatha in NAC Tournament opener
Athletics - posted on 11/3/2008
SHEBOYGAN - Fueled by a furious comeback in the second set, the Lakeland women's volleyball team defeated Maranatha Baptist 3-0 in the quarterfinal round of the Northern Athletics Conference Tournament at Lakeland.
Facing a 17-12 deficit in the second set, the Muskies (23-10) roared back, winning 13 of the last 18 points to take the set 25-22. Lakeland struggled in the set against a stingy Crusader defense.
"Maranatha is always good defensively," Lakeland head coach Chad Schreiber said, "but we made it easy for them because our passes were not inside the 10-foot line and our offensive hits were not up to par.
"We've been spoiled by good home crowds all year, and they played a factor in helping us come back."
The Crusaders (16-14) managed to keep it close early in the third set at 5-5, but the Muskies quickly took a commanding 17-9 lead and didn't look back.
"I was very happy with our serving," Schreiber said. "It was a nice weapon for us tonight, even though it really hasn't been all year. It especially kept pressure on them in that second set and allowed us to get back into it."
After Lakeland surged out to a 7-2 lead in the first set, the two teams went back and forth, but the Muskies prevailed 25-17.
Junior middle hitter Kim Linger (Eldorado) led the offensive attack for the Muskies with 12 kills. Defensively, four players had eight or more digs for Lakeland.
The victory marked the third time the Muskies have defeated the Crusaders this season.
Up next for the Muskies will be No. 4 Benedictine, which defeated fifth-seeded Dominican 3-1 on Monday night. The game will be played at Lakeland on Thursday night at 7 p.m.
The Muskies defeated the Eagles 3-1 (25-16, 25-21, 21-25, 25-13) on Oct. 11 in Lisle, Ill.
"We struggled at Benedictine earlier this season," Schreiber said. "Most of their offense comes from the outside and they are a very aggressive serving team."
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