Lakeland comes back to win five-setter
Athletics - posted on 10/23/2009
SHEBOYGAN - The Lakeland women's volleyball team recovered from a two-set deficit to capture an emotional 14-25, 21-25, 30-28, 25-14, 16-14 win over Aurora in a Northern Athletics Conference match on Friday night at Moose & Dona Woltzen Gymnasium.
The turning point of the match came in a back-and-forth third set, when the Muskies (17-10 overall, 9-2 NAC) needed three set points to finish the Spartans.
Senior outside hitter Brittanie Paulus (Belgium, Wis.), who finished with team-highs of 16 kills and 21 digs, highlighted the set with a fantastic dig that fell near Aurora's back line for a kill.
Lakeland coach Chad Schreiber switched to a "6-2" double-setter offense during the third set, and used it throughout the remainder of the match.
"I don't know what happened between the second and third sets, but we didn't give up tinkering our line-up," Schreiber said. "(Aurora) seemed to lose confidence swinging from the outside because they saw bigger blockers in front of them."
After a quick fourth set, in which Lakeland jumped out to a 17-6 advantage, Aurora (14-14, 7-3) took a 4-0 lead in the fifth.
Lakeland would respond, however, grabbing an 8-7 lead, then winning the final three points to clinch the match.
"Our girls learned from the first two games tonight and saw what was coming at us," Schreiber said. "We were in better defensive position."
Schreiber lauded the performances by senior middle hitter Kim Linger (Eldorado, Wis.) and sophomore libero Amanda Laganowski (Oostburg, Wis.). Linger tallied 15 kills and four service aces, while Laganowski posted 11 digs.
The Muskies host first-place Benedictine tomorrow at 12 p.m. With a win, Lakeland would wrap up a share of the regular season conference title.
The team's six seniors - Linger, Paulus, Hannah Ellis, Kaylyn Kasper, Heather Mayer and Tonia Strebelinski - will be recognized prior to the start of the match.
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