Muskies' season ends in 3-0 setback at NCAA regional
Athletics - posted on 11/13/2008
OSHKOSH - The Lakeland women's volleyball team saw its season end on Thursday night after a 19-25, 16-25, 19-25 loss at No. 7 UW-Oshkosh in an NCAA Division III Tournament regional quarterfinal at Kolf Sports Center.
The Muskies (25-11), the Oshkosh Region's eighth seed, hung with the top-seeded Titans in stretches during the match, but were unable to put it together as hundreds of cheering Lakeland faithful looked on.
"Our serve receive has been our Achilles' heel all season long," Lakeland head coach Chad Schreiber said. "That stung us early and really hurt our confidence, and we were never able to recover."
The Northern Athletics Conference champions looked uncomfortable at times, forcing Schreiber to go to his bench to try and find the right combinations.
One of the Muskies' best moments came in the second set, when junior setter Hannah Ellis (Edgerton), who has played in just seven matches this season, entered at two different points during the frame and registered three assists.
"Hannah was a great example of what I wanted our subs to do," Schreiber said. "It was difficult to find someone like that whose nerves and confidence weren't shaken."
Juniors Brittanie Paulus (Belgium) and Kaylyn Kasper (Hilbert) led the Muskie offense with five kills apiece. Senior setter Jessica Sparling (Addison, Ill.) posted 20 assists, while sophomore Kristine Raeder (Sheboygan Falls) picked up 11 digs.
The Titans (38-2) move on to face Heidelberg (Ohio) College tomorrow at 7 p.m.
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