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The No. 12 Lakeland men's volleyball team fought through some brief struggles Saturday night, downing UW-Platteville 25-19, 26-24, and 25-19 in a Wisconsin Volleyball Conference match at Moose & Dona Woltzen Gymnasium.
The Muskies (8-2, 4-0 WVC) have not dropped a set in their last three contests.
Lakeland fought back from an early 4-6 deficit in the first set, eventually taking a 15-12 lead and continuing on to take the set.
In the second, the Muskies jumped out to a quick 10-4 advantage but struggled to keep the Pioneers down, giving up five straight points as Platteville tied the set at 23. Despite their problems, the Muskies rallied to take the second set 26-24.
"Our passing broke down, our setting didn't recover, and our hitting was even worse," said Lakeland head coach Chad Schreiber. "We compiled three hits in the wrong direction instead of improving the ball."
Lakeland regrouped in the third with a 10-3 run to take a 16-10 lead. The two teams traded points until the Muskies closed out the 25-19 set.
On offense, Chris Kubacki led all Lakeland attackers with 9 kills with a .444 hitting percentage and Mitch Wiskirchen contributed 30 assists.
Andy Cheever led the defense with 19 digs and Avdo Omerbegovic recorded five blocks.
While Schrieber is seeing improvement, he knows his team isn't quite where he expects them to be.
"We put together our best serving effort of the year, which we've been pushing on in practice," said Lakeland head coach Chad Schreiber. "We had way too many unforced errors and we can't continue to give away so many free points that allow teams to stay close."