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Lakeland Volleyball Ousts Walled Lake Central In District Tournament

The Lakeland girls volleyball team notches another win, moves on to next round of tournament.

The Lakeland volleyball team ousted Walled Lake Central Tuesday night in the first round of the district tournament. The lady Eagles dropped the first game 27-25 at North Farmington High School. The loss seemed to re-focus the Eagles as they took control of the match in game two. Lead by seniors Kelly Merkle and Carolyn Niehaus, Lakeland took game two, 25-18. Merkle had 42 assists in the match while Niehaus had 15 digs.

In the third game, the Eagles jumped out to a 9-2 lead as the Vikings called time out. Maddie Harris and Lindsay Tanner lead the barrage with impressive kills putting Lakeland on cruise control to win 25-11. Game four was a back and forth game highlighted by stingy defense. After a Walled Lake Central timeout, the lady Vikings went on a mini-run to narrow the margin to 19-14. Coach Dukic called a timeout as the Eagles held a 23-18 lead. Harris closed out the win with a kill giving the Eagles a 25-18 victory. Maddie Harris had 13 kills while the Leonard twins combined for 13 kills.

The KLAA North Division and Conference Champions (25-10-2) advance to the second round of the district tournament on Thursday evening where they will take on Walled Lake Western (8-16-1) at 5 p.m.

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