Storm Downs Notre Dame in Straight Sets at Home

PAINESVILLE, OHIO—The Lake Erie College volleyball team defeated the Notre Dame College Falcons 3-0 on Tuesday (Oct. 2) for their first home win of the season. This marked the second time that Lake Erie (3-10, 0-7 GLIAC) defeated Notre Dame (4-13) this season, the first coming on Sept. 18 in a five-set thriller.

The Storm won the sets 25-20, 25-9, 25-17.

The Storm jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first set before the Falcons won eight straight points. Following a Storm timeout, the Falcons continued their run, gaining an 11-4 advantage. The Storm closed the gap to 13-9 on the heels of a 5-2 run. The Falcons would take a 20-13 advantage, but the Storm closed the set on a 12-0 run, rallying from seven down, to win the set 25-20. Sara Aultz (Wooster, Ohio/Orrville) led the Storm with six kills in the set and Molly Richardson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Dwenger) added four. Rachel Ritt (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) tallied seven digs.

The momentum carried over to the second set for the Storm, as they opened on an 8-2 run, forcing a Falcons timeout. Following the timeout, the Storm continued to control the tempo of the set, winning 25-9. Jamie Hoppe (Green Springs, Ohio/Clyde) led the Storm offense in the second set with three kills. Kristin Swann (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) recorded four aces. The Falcons were hampered by 10 errors in the set.

Down two sets, the Falcons opened the third set on a 5-1 run but the Storm responded with six straight points to take a 7-2 lead. Lake Erie increased their lead to 14-9 following a Notre Dame timeout. The Storm did not look back, winning the third set 25-17 to wrap up its first home win of the season.

Aultz ended the game with nine kills, two digs, and three blocks. Richardson added five kills and three aces. Hoppe recorded eight kills and five digs. Ritt tallied 11 digs to lead the Storm, while Samantha Knepley (Munith, Mich./Stockbridge) recorded 19 assists.

The Storm head to Michigan for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matches this weekend. The Storm will be action against Grand Valley State University (11-4, 4-3 GLIAC) Friday night (Oct. 5) at 7 pm and at Ferris State University (12-3, 6-1 GLIAC) on Saturday (Oct. 6) at 3 pm.

-LEC-