PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College women's volleyball team dropped a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup against Hillsdale College in straight sets on Friday night (Oct. 19) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center.
Hillsdale (12-9, 8-2 GLIAC) won the sets 25-17, 25-14, 25-17.
The Storm (3-16, 0-10 GLIAC) jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the opening set before the Chargers tied it up at four. The teams exchanged points before Hillsdale gained a 12-7 advantage, forcing a Lake Erie timeout. The timeout did not stop the Chargers momentum, as they took a 21-13 lead. The Storm fought back to bring the score to 22-16, but it was not enough as Hillsdale captured the opening set 25-17. Junior Jamie Hoppe (Green Springs, Ohio/Clyde) led the Storm with five kills and three digs in the set.
Lake Erie opened up the second set with a 3-1 lead but the Chargers tied the game at three. After some back and forth play, Hillsdale found themselves ahead 10-5. Following a timeout, the Storm closed the gap to one at 12-11 but it was not enough as Hillsdale won the second set 25-13. Sophomore Sara Aultz (Wooster, Ohio/Orrville) led the Storm with five kills in the set, while freshman Kathy Ferry tallied seven digs.
The Chargers' momentum carried over to the third set, as they jumped out to a 8-3 lead. The Hillsdale advantage grew to 13-6 before Lake Erie called a timeout. The Chargers came out strong after the timeout, increasing their lead to 21-10 before the Storm went on a 6-0 run to come within five points at 21-16. Hillsdale regained their footing and won four of the next five points to win the set 25-17 and capture the overall victory.
Hoppe ended the game with eight kills and nine digs, while Aultz added nine kills to lead the team. Ritt and Ferry combined for 17 digs. The Storm were held back by 31 errors.
Emily Wolfert led the Chargers with 10 kills and 10 digs. Caitlyn Kopmeyer also added 10 digs.
The Storm return to action Saturday (Oct. 20) to host GLIAC leading Northwood University (15-5, 9-0 GLIAC) at 5 pm at the Osborne Center.