The Lakeland volleyball team hosted Mosinee on Tuesday night in a match in the Lakeland Fieldhouse. Mosinee won 3-0 (8-25, 10-25, 23-25) and remained undefeated in the GNC.
The Thunderbirds played their best volleyball in the third set. They started to slow down Mosinee and play together.
“I think overall what helped us out defensively were the touches that our front row was getting, to slow the ball down,” coach Carley Punzel said. “As we all know, the third (set) was our highlight, it was Lakeland volleyball, that was their team.”
One play that defined the third set came from Callie Ullius. Her hustle saved the Thunderbirds several times.
“One play that sticks out to me was the hustle rally from Callie Ullius during our third match,” Punzel said. “Mosinee at one rally pushed the tempo of their offense, which threw our blockers off for a split second, but Callie Ullius was in the right place at the right time and got three digs in a row to help the team defensively.”
Mosinee won the rally, but it was a moment that fired the team up to get to every ball.
In addition to Ullius’ hustle, Punzel pointed to her team’s communication as a contributing factor to the difference in the competitive third set.
“Everything was clicking, we played our game, we didn’t make as many mental errors,” she said. “We were communicating, we were calm, and our passes were closer to the net. Our girls were hustling for the ball and picking up hits left and right.”
The first two sets were a combination of errors and not playing with enough communication.
“There are things here and there that we could have had better decisions on but each rally it just went to them,” Punzel said. “At first the girls were not playing with enough intensity or power behind their play, which then dropped our communication. Looking at our stats, we had too many errors on our third and last contact to send over the net.”
As for stat leaders, Camille Quade led the team with six kills and 10 digs. Ullius led the team with five assists. Sarah Thompson finished second with four kills. Abby Parris finished second with eight digs. Ashley Marquardt finished second with four assists.
Starting faster is a goal for the Thunderbirds in their next match against Northland Pines.
“As a team it is always hard for us to start out strong, we cannot get in a whole so soon in a game. So that is going to be our goal for our game against Pines,” Punzel said.
Their next game came Thursday at Northland Pines. Coverage of that game will be in the Oct. 8 edition of The Times
Then, the Thunderbirds host Rhinelander Tuesday, Oct. 8 starting at 7 p.m.
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