Playoff heartbreaker finishes off a great season for Muskie women’s volleyball team

Alec Noa, Staff Reporter

The Lakeland College women’s volleyball season ended this week on Oct. 30 when they lost in the first round of the playoffs to fellow NAC team Maranatha Baptist.

The Muskies went into the game with high expectations, being one of Maranatha’s only losses in the season. The game started off with both teams battling for position and exchanging scores. Marantha was able to strike first, taking the first set over Lakeland 25-23. But, Lakeland wasn’t going to go down that easy.

The Muskies responded with everything they had. Just as in the first set, the second one went down to the wire, but this time Lakeland would come out victorious and keep their hopes of moving to the next round alive, winning the set 26-24.

Though Lakeland showed heart throughout the entire game, the Maranatha offense was just too much for the Muskies to handle. Maranatha rallied and won two straight sets, 25-19 and 25-17, to end the game and send the Muskies home packing. The 3-1 set loss ended Lakeland’s season.

Lakeland standouts were Melissa Christiansen who had 16 digs in the game, Tess Myklebust who had 14 digs, and Brittany Reindl who had an impressive 41 assists. The offensive charge was led by middle row players Katie Freitag and Amanda Dillman, whom combined for 26 kills; Freitag clocked in 16 and Dillman had the remaining 10.

The Volleyball team ended its season with a 17-10 overall record and an NAC record of 7-6.

The Muskies will only lose one player next year in senior Taylor Daus, who played her last game as a Muskie in the playoffs.

The Muskies desire to build off of the loss and look to go far in the postseason with the amount of returning talent coming back for the 2013-2014 season.


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