Muskies disappointed at MIVA Championships
Athletics - posted on 3/27/2011
The Lakeland College men's volleyball team went 1-2 in pool play and was knocked out in the semifinals of the silver bracket at the MIVA Championships in Columbus, Ohio last weekend, March 5-6.
Lakeland (15-18) was in group B for pool play and opened the tournament against the host, Ohio State, losing 2-0 (15-18, 25-15). In their second match the Muskies got their first win of the tournament, defeating Ohio Northern 2-0 (25-20, 25-13).
In the afternoon the Muskies took on second-ranked Indiana University, losing 2-0 (25-19, 25-23). Lakeland couldn't rally in their last pool play match, falling to Grand Valley 2-1 (23-25, 25-23, 15-12).
On Sunday, the Muskies lost their gold bracket play-in game to Illinois State 1-2 (21-25, 25-15, 15-11). As a result Lakeland was placed in the silver bracket against Central Michigan. The Muskies would advance, defeating the Chippewa's 2-0 (25-18, 25-15). Lakeland would be knocked out in the semifinals with a 1-2 (26-24, 21-25, 15-13) loss to Michigan University.
In the two day tournament, sophomore Dane Maier (Middleton, Wis.) led the Muskies with 58 kills, six blocks, and added 12 digs. Junior Jared Sparrey (Oak Forest, Ill.) was big at the net as well, tallying 33 kills and 12 blocks.
Senior setter Chris Kubacki (Vernon Hills, Ill.) led the team with 155 assists while junior Andrew Cheever (Milwaukee, Wis.) led the team with 27 digs.
The Muskies return to action on Wednesday, March 30, as they return home for senior night against WVC leading UW-Oshkosh. The match begins at 8 p.m.
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