Saturday, March 15, 2014
Eleventh-ranked Lakeland (WI) College used a varied and efficient hitting attack on Saturday afternoon as they picked up a 3-1 win at the Mount. The Lions, 11-8 overall, 2-3 in the CVC, will be back in action on Mar. 21 when they host conference-rival Fontbonne University.
The two teams played closely throughout the first set, and with the score tied at 16-all, Lakeland broke out to a 20-17 advantage. The Mount pulled to within one points, 21-20 after a Lakeland attack error, but the Muskies rebounded and scored four of the five final points in the set, two with kill and two on Mount attack errors, winning 25-21. The Lions knotted the match at one-all in the next set, jumping out to leads of 10-7 and 19-15, thanks to Alex Vohland (West Chester, OH/Lakota West) and Cesar Trigo de Serrano (Miami, FL/Christopher Columbus), among others. Vohland's kill gave the Lions set #2, 25-22. Lakeland rolled out to a 4-0 lead in the third set, and held a 17-12 advantage as numerous Muskies' hitters collaborated in the team's offensive attack. Ahead 17-13, Lakeland scored six unanswered points, leading to a 25-16 win and a 2-1 set lead. Six straight points during one stretch in set four gave the Muskies a 16-8 lead, and they went onto advantages of 20-12 and the final set victory of 25-14, when the Mount committed a setting error.
Vohland had a team-high 14 kills, and added six digs while teammate Toby Birnbrich (Anthem, AZ/Boulder Creek) had six kills. Zach Kuebler (Columbus, OH/Hilliard Darby) had a match-high 19 digs while Luke Eschenbach (Cincinnati, OH/La Salle) had 29 assists and 10 digs. The Mount had 34 kills and an .083 hitting percentage, to Lakeland's 46 kills and .242 hitting percentage. Lakeland improved to 15-6, 4-1 in the CVC.
Mount Head Coach Ryan Lengerich had these comments after playing Lakeland on Saturday.
“Lakeland is one of the most talented teams we will see all year and they are ranked in the top-15 for a reason,'' Lengerich said. "It’s a team with a lot of upper classman and skill at every position. The guys battled hard in sets one and two, but their serving was too good in three and four and we didn’t pass well enough to win.
“Overall, it was a good weekend and we are still in position to accomplish our goals with some very important matches coming up.”