Storm Unable to Ground Cardinals

(Photo by Baker Media Productions)

PAINESVILLE, Ohio-- The Lake Erie College women's volleyball team held tough throughout their Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) match against Saginaw Valley State University Friday (Oct. 4) but were unable to come away with the victory, falling to the Cardinals in straight sets (25-23, 26-24, 25-21).

The Storm got off to a fast start in the first set, scoring the first four points. The Cardinals kept the fame within four points until they were able to tie the set at 12.  The teams went back and forth up until the game was tied at 21.  Saginaw Valley State scored two straight points before a Lake Erie point made it 23-22 but it was not enough for the Storm as the Cardinals scored the last two points of the set to capture it, 25-23.

Jamie Hoppe (Green Springs, Ohio/Clyde) led the Storm in the first set with five kills and nine digs.

Saginaw gained the early momentum in the second, forcing a Storm timeout following a 4-0 run that made it 11-7.  Following the timeout, the Storm scored four of the next five points to bring cut the lead to 12-11 however, the Cardinals went on a 3-0 run to increase their lead to four.  The Storm roared back and tied the set at 19, forcing a Saginaw Valley State timeout.  The Storm scored the first point following the timeout to take a one point lead that was quickly answered by the Cardinals.  After back and forth scoring, the Storm found themselves a 24-22 lead but it was shortly lived, as the Cardinals went on a 3-0 run to take a 25-24 lead, forcing a Storm timeout and scored the game winning point the next play.  

Sara Aultz (Wooster, Ohio/Orrville) led the Storm with four kills in the set while Hoppe and Kathryn Ferry (Lima, Ohio/Lima Central Catholic) had four dig apiece. 

The Storm and Cardinals were even throughout the early portion of the third set.  The Storm owned a 10-9 lead following a Cardinals timeout and continued to own a small advantage until the set was tied at 19.  The Cardinals rattled off two straight points to gain a 21-19 advantage, forcing a Storm timeout.  The Cardinals closed out the match following the timeout after scoring four of the final six points.

Hoppe ended the match with 10 kills and a game-high 16 digs.  Molly Richardson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Dwenger) and Aultz had eight kills apiece. Ferry ended the night with 13 digs.

Kelsey Feria led the Cardinals offensive front with 13 kills while Brokke Tiller led the defense with 13 digs.

The Storm return to the home court tomorrow night to host GLIAC foe Lake Superior State University.

-LEC-