Prepping for the big game at Antigo, the Lakeland volleyball team participated in one more tournament Saturday, Oct. 19 at Lakeland Union High School.
“What I liked most about the tournament, is that we used it to prepare for Tuesday, our first round of regionals,” coach Carley Punzel said.
The Thunderbirds competed against four teams. To start off, they split with Chequamegon 1-1 (25-11, 22-25).
“We used it as a high competitive practice,” Punzel said. “Not changing our game plan based on the team, each team was ‘Antigo.’ The girls listened and responded.”
Then, the Thunderbirds beat Ironwood 2-0 (25-10, 25-19), taking what they learned in practice and using it in their match.
“We have been working on different aspects of our defense and offense to better prepare our team,” Punzel said. “My girls had their best week of practice this last week and they felt it, too.”
Up next, Lakeland split with Hurley 1-1 (13-25, 25-18).
“This tournament allowed them to fully feel how they should play on Tuesday,” Punzel said. “They needed to be aggressive and not get into a hole right away in the beginning.”
Wrapping up the day, the Thunderbirds competed against Hayward, splitting 1-1 (25-17, 16-25).
This entire tournament provided an excellent base and good practice for their regional match at Antigo.
“They are extremely excited to play Antigo on Tuesday, they are in the ‘believe’ state of winning that game and I know they can,” Punzel said. “We are all very excited for Tuesday.”
The last time the Thunderbirds played Antigo was on Sept. 24, and the Red Robins won 3-0.
Lakeland wants to turn that around. Regional play at Antigo starts tonight at 7 p.m.
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