Lakeland splits again at Wheaton Invite
Athletics - posted on 9/26/2009
For the second consecutive day, the Lakeland women's volleyball team won one match and lost one at the Thunder Invitational Tournament in Wheaton, Ill., on Saturday afternoon.
The Muskies (10-4 overall, 2-0 Northern Athletics Conference) defeated NAC rival Edgewood 20-25, 25-17, 25-14, 17-25, 15-11 to cap the afternoon.
Senior middle hitter Kim Linger (Eldorado, Wis.) paced the Lakeland offense with 15 kills, while senior outside hitter Brittanie Paulus (Belgium, Wis.) chipped in with 14 kills and a team-high 26 digs. Senior libero Tonia Strebelinski (Berlin, Wis.) added 21 digs from the back row.
"We were pretty lucky to win that match, because we were never really in it mentally," Lakeland coach Chad Schreiber said.
Lakeland began the day with a 26-24, 25-12, 17-25, 27-25 loss to North Central.
Linger tallied a team-high 15 kills, while Paulus posted 19 digs and Strebelinski contributed with four service aces.
According to Schreiber, the Muskies had a pair of chances serving at 24-23 and 25-24 in the fourth set to extend the match.
"It's disappointing because we had a chance to win the fourth set and couldn't make a play," Schreiber said. "We probably played our best match of the tournament against one of the better teams we've played so far this season."
Yesterday, Lakeland lost to No. 16 UW-Eau Claire in three sets and defeated tournament host Wheaton in five.
Following play, Linger, who led the Muskies in kills (49) and blocks (11) in the weekend's four matches, was named to the All-Tournament team.
For complete tournament information and results, click here
The Muskies return to NAC action this Tuesday as they host Edgewood. Match time is set for 7 p.m. Muskie fans are asked to wear white in an effort to "white out" Moose & Dona Woltzen Gymnasium.
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