Men's volleyball's volleyball edges UW-Whitewater on Senior Night
Athletics - posted on 3/12/2009
The No. 15 Lakeland men's volleyball team surrendered consecutive sets after taking a two-set advantage, but survived a nail-biting fifth set to defeat No. 25 UW-Whitewater 25-14, 25-17,19-25, 28-30, 17-15 in a Wisconsin Volleyball Conference contest on Thursday night at Lakeland.
In the deciding fifth set, the two teams traded points before the Warhawks took a 15-14 lead. Lakeland then ran off three straight points to close out the set and the match.
"Neither team was able to gain any momentum, so we really just traded punches in the fifth set," Lakeland coach Chad Schreiber said. "We were lucky to be the first one to go up by two points and make a few more plays than they did.
After cruising in the first two sets, the Muskies struggled in the third and fourth, losing the momentum they had generated early on.
"We respect Whitewater a lot, so we came out knowing we had to be on top of our game, and we were," Schreiber said. "In the third and fourth set, we made some errors and lost our aggressiveness on defense."
Julkowski, an outside hitter, paced the Muskies with 17 kills and six blocks. Sophomore middle hitter Beau Bradshaw (Oak Lawn, Ill.) matched Julkowski with six blocks, and added 13 kills.
Freshman setter Mitch Wiskirchen (Schaumburg, Ill.) posted 52 assists, and junior outside hitter Perry Ringfelt (Elwood, Ill.) registered 14 digs.
In addition to the victory, the Muskies (23-5, 8-1 WVC) also celebrated Senior Night in their final home match of the season. Seniors Joe Julkowski (Carol Stream, Ill.), Chris Plamann (Appleton) and Nick Wiskirchen (Schaumburg, Ill.) were honored in a pre-game ceremony.
Wiskirchen had a pair of service aces in his last match at Lakeland.
Following the school's spring break, the Muskies return to action on Thursday, March 26, at UW-Stevens Point. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
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