Muskies move on to NAC Tournament finals
Athletics - posted on 11/5/2009
SHEBOYGAN - The Lakeland women's volleyball team will play for its third consecutive Northern Athletics Conference Tournament championship after defeating sixth-seeded Edgewood 25-15, 22-25, 25-15, 25-21 in a semifinal Thursday night at Woltzen Gymnasium.
The No. 2 Muskies (22-12) will play at No. 1 Dominican this Saturday at 7 p.m. for the tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
After a shaky second set, in which Lakeland saw a 15-10 advantage disappear, the Muskies regained control of the match in the third set and fought their way to the victory in the fourth.
Lakeland coach Chad Schreiber said the Eagles (16-17) were better offensively than the first two meetings between the two squads this season, both Lakeland wins.
"Our girls were flat after the first set," Schreiber said. "They looked a bit too tight and a little over-focused. I tried to give them some energy, which I've never had to do before."
In the opening frame, the Muskies raced out to an 18-9 lead and played even the rest of the way to take a one-set advantage.
Despite struggling offensively, senior outside hitter Brittanie Paulus (Belgium, Wis.) was a key to the passing game, posting 15 digs to go along with a team-high 15 kills.
Seniors Tonia Strebelinski (Berlin, Wis.) and Kaylyn Kasper (Hilbert, Wis.), and junior Sam Shepeck (Gladstone, Mich.) also had 15 digs apiece.
"Tonia had great ball control tonight, especially on serve receive," Schreiber said. "We used our serve as a weapon, and our blocking was enough to win."
Senior Kim Linger (Eldorado, Wis.) recorded 10 kills, six blocks and four service aces, which tied for her second-highest total of the year.
In the lone contest between Dominican (21-12) and Lakeland this season, the Stars defeated the Muskies 25-16, 25-17, 18-25, 25-23 in River Forest, Ill.
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