Muskies escape with win at Wisconsin Lutheran
Athletics - posted on 9/17/2009
The Lakeland women's volleyball team liked the results of the first two sets, but didn't feel in command on Thursday night at Wisconsin Lutheran.
The Muskies fell in the next two sets, but recovered in dominating fashion in the fifth set to escape with a 25-17, 25-21, 21-25, 20-25, 15-5 victory over the Warriors in a Northern Athletics Conference contest in Milwaukee, Wis.
"Even though we won the first two sets, we never really exploded for a number of points in a row," Lakeland coach Chad Schreiber said. "We could have been up big early, but we just never had an extended momentum run."
Following the first two games, Wisconsin Lutheran (7-7, 0-2 NAC) picked up its defense, coming up with several fantastic digs as the Muskies tried frantically to recover offensively in the match.
"In the third set, we were running our offense from the right side of the court because of our passing, and Wisconsin Lutheran picked up their defense," Schreiber said. "We couldn't fix it until late in the match. When we put serves on the court, we were successful."
Lakeland (8-2, 2-0) was led by senior outside hitter Brittanie Paulus (Belgium, Wis.), who compiled 21 kills and 26 digs in the match. Senior middle hitter Kim Linger (Eldorado, Wis.) was also impressive, tallying 12 kills on a .500 hitting percentage.
Junior setter Kristine Raeder (Oostburg, Wis.) posted a team-high 39 assists, while senior libero Tonia Strebelinski (Berlin, Wis.) led the Muskies defensively with 28 digs.
Lakeland has eight days to recover before heading to Wheaton, Ill., for the Thunder Invitational Tournament on Sept. 25-26. The Muskies will take on No. 13 UW-Eau Claire as well as tournament host Wheaton on the 25th.
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