Muskies finish 3-3 in Midwest Playdate
Athletics - posted on 2/5/2011
The Lakeland College men's volleyball team finished 3-3 at Saturday's Midwest Volleyball Association's playdate in Milwaukee, Wis.
The Muskies (7-4 overall, 4-1 WVC) lost their opening match against Northern Illinois 2-1 (23-25, 28-26, 12-15), but then beat host Marquette 2-0 (25-18, 25-23) before falling to fourth-ranked UW-Oshkosh, a fellow WVC member, 2-0 (19-25, 18-25). In their second set of matches, Lakeland lost to Notre Dame 2-1 (23-25, 25-21, 10-15), then won their final two matches against No. 16 Ball State 2-0 (25-18, 25-20) and No. 8 Illinois State 2-0 (25-18, 29-27).
Against Northern Illinois, sophomore outside hitter Dane Maier (Middleton, Wis.) and freshman opposite hitter Brett Kaczmarek led the Muskie offense with 11 kills each while senior setter Chris Kubacki had 25 assists.
"Serving was the issue," said Lakeland head coach Chad Schreiber. "If we put more balls in play we give ourselves a better chance to win."
In their second game of the day, Maier and Kaczmarek led the way again with eight and seven kills respectively. Senior middle hitter Beau Bradshaw (Oak Lawn, Ill.) led the team defensively with four blocks, as they Muskies toppled host Marquette.
Schreiber thought the team played well calling it one of the better matches they've played all season.
In their match against fourth ranked UW-Oshkosh, Kaczmarek had five kills and junior middle hitter Jared Sparrey (Oak Forest, Ill.) added three kills in the loss.
"We just aren't ready to match the performance Oshkosh gave us in this match," said Schreiber. "We'll get there, but it will take some time to develop in some key areas."
After a short break, the Muskies lost their second straight match as they fell to Notre Dame. Maier led Lakeland on offense with nine kills and Kubacki had 27 assists.
Defensively, Sparrey led the way with two blocks along with seven kills.
"We actually were able to sustain a high level of play for most of the match," said Schreiber. "Unfortunately, a lapse in the third game cost us. There is no room for error against a top team; something I hope we figured out this weekend."
In the match against Ball State, Maier led the offense with eight kills while Bradshaw and Kaczmarek added five kills each.
"We had a lot of guys step up in this match," said Schreiber. "I really liked our commitment to all areas of the game."
In the win over Illinois State, Bradshaw, Kaczmarek, and Sparrey had six kills each. Junior Libero Andrew Cheever (Milwaukee, Wis.) led the defensive charge with nine digs.
"We were running on fumes in this match but were able to gut out a win," said Schreiber. "Gilbert McLean came off the bench to give us some life and our middles were eager to get the ball. Hopefully winning ugly is a sign of good things to come."
The Muskies return to action Tuesday, Feb. 8, when they host MVC foe UW-Whitewater. The match begins at 8 p.m.
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