Storm Volleyball Adds Five in Early Signing Period

Storm Volleyball Adds Five in Early Signing Period

PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College volleyball team announced Friday (Nov. 20) the addition of five student-athletes slated to join the Storm in the fall of 2016.

"The sheer athleticism of this class is off the charts, and I am extremely excited to add them to our team," said Storm Head Coach Kevin Foeman. "I have been recruiting these players for the past few years, so to be able to get commitments from all of them is incredible. Their work ethics are unmatched, and all have the desire to continually make themselves better players daily."

Below is the breakdown of the new members of the Storm volleyball team.

Morgan Briggs

Outside Hitter

Cadillac, Michigan

 

Morgan is a four-year Varsity Letter winner at Cadillac High School in Michigan. She was a varsity starter for four years, Team Captain for two years and Team MVP for two years. Briggs helped lead her team to two BNC Conference Titles, four District Titles, four Regional Titles and one Final Four Appearance. She is a three-time All-BNC Conference Team, three-time All-Region Team and an All-State honoree, earning Second-Team All-State in her junior year. Briggs finished her high school career with a record of 167-32-5 and tallied 1353 kills and 2031 digs.

Why did you choose Lake Erie?

 "Great group of hard working girls that I feel like I will click with right away. Great coaching staff that believes in me and wants me to become the best student and player I can be."
 
Morgan is interested in Political Science/ Pre Law 
Coach's Comment: Morgan is a six rotation outside who is an amazing defender. She has great vision on the court and is as quick as they get in the back row. She has been a big time player for powerhouse Cadillac high school while also gaining experience in a very good club program where she sees top notch competition weekly. She will be a great addition as she adds a lot of experience and versatility to our team.

Brooke Peiffer

Outside Hitter

Lansing, Michigan


Attended Holt High School in Michigan where she was a four-year varsity starter and helped lead her team to a 39-six league record. She was First-Team All-Conference and All-Region for three years in a row. She was named to the LSJ dream team and was named a 2015 Under Armor All-American Watch List. She was a three-year team captain and MVP, and finished her career with 1,100 kills and 950 digs. She will finish up her club season playing for one of the premier clubs in Michigan, Michigan Volleyball Academy.

Why did you choose Lake Erie?

"I chose Lake Erie mostly because of the coaches and how welcoming the girls were to me when I first met them. I immediately felt like a part of the family. I also liked the campus size, I love smaller schools and Lake Erie was just the perfect fit to me."

Brooke is interested in studying sports management and psychology.

Coach's Comments: Brooke is fantastic six rotation outside. She is quick, explosive, has a great arm, and can serve receive and play defense as well as she can attack. She has the ability to take over a match and will adjust to the speed of the collegiate game well. She is the type of person we are excited to bring in as she works extremely hard on her game on and off the court. She will get an opportunity to play against great competition this spring as she competes for one of the premier clubs in Michigan. We think her future is extremely bright, as she continues to improve every time we see her.

Lexi Lombardo

Middle Hitter

Olmsted Falls, Ohio


Lexi is a four year starter for the Olmsted Falls volleyball team where she starred as a middle hitter. From 2012 – 2014 she was a three-time All-Conference player and named conference player of the week seven times where she helped guide the team to a conference championship her junior year. Her senior year in 2015 marked a new level of success as she was named AVCA Player of the Week in the entire state of Ohio, was named the Cleveland Plain Dealer Player of the Week, and was nominated for Cleveland Player of the Year. She helped her team to an undefeated season and an SWC Championship, and was named First-Team All-Conference, First-Team All-District, Southwest Conference MVP, and Second-Team All-Ohio. She received the 2015 Olmsted Falls Volleyball Courage, Heart and Desire award. She finished the season ranked fourth in the state of Ohio in kill percentage at .428, tallying 360 kills (5.2 kills per set), 85 blocks and 189 digs. She is also an Olmsted Falls Leadership Academy Graduate. Lexi has also seen her fair share of success in the club volleyball scene. In 2013 she was a member of the East Coast Champion winning Maverick Volleyball Company and finished in the top 25 in the nation in the AAU National Championship. In 2014 she was a member of Cleveland Volleyball Company where she helped lead her team to a USA Volleyball National Championship runner up for her 17s division. In 2015 she was also a member of CVC and helped her team win the Ohio Valley Region Championships, and they finished 38th in the 2015 Volleyball Nationals in New Orleans. In 2016 she will be a member of the Cleveland Volleyball Company's 18s team, a team that last year finished second in the nation.

Why did you choose Lake Erie?

"I chose Lake Erie College because I am excited to be a part of a new program that I can contribute to immediately. I want to continue to grow as a player and as a person at a college that offers strong academics, a competitive volleyball conference and is close to home. My family is very important to me and Lake Erie will allow them to continue to see me play. " Lexi is leaning towards studying child psychology or something that can give her the ability to work in the school systems helping those students who struggle in the traditional classroom become successful. She would also love to coach someday.

Coach's Comments: We are thrilled to be adding Lexi to our team for next year, as she is one of the top players in not only the Cleveland area but in all of Ohio. She is a middle attacker who possesses a great arm and an explosiveness and speed that is needed to compete at this level. She is a leader on and off the court, and is coming off an amazing senior year. We feel she will be a great addition to our team for next year and will be a huge piece to this program moving forward. 

Shannon Holsinger

RS/OH

Roanoke, Virginia


Shannon plays for state powerhouse Cave Springs in Roanoke Virginia, where she has 177 kills, 47 blocks and 201 digs this year while hitting .330. She was a key member to their teams run to the state championship in 2014, and their current ranking of sixth in the state.

Why did you choose Lake Erie?

"I chose Lake Erie College for several reasons; a big factor in my decision was the potential the program has and the direction Coach Foeman believes it will go. I had the opportunity to sit down with Coach Foeman and hear his goals and aspirations for his future teams which matched completely with mine. I see how dedicated the coaching staff is to the growth of the program, to the individual player and the team as a whole, which made choosing to continue my volleyball career at the collegiate level at Lake Erie an easy one."

Shannon plans to study biology and eventually enter the medical field.

Coach's Comments: We are very excited to be bringing in Shannon to this class. She is another extremely athletic player who can play the pin positions at a high level. She has a great arm and is an already outstanding blocker, and has the vertical and defensive ability to compete at this level. On a side note, Shannon's sister, Erin, plays middle hitter for GLIAC power Hillsdale College.

Hailey Nielsen

RS

Jonesville, Michigan


Hailey has amassed 812 kills 382 digs and 131 total blocks while hitting .310 for her career for the Jonesville Comets in Jonesville Michigan. This year she was named All-Conference, an AVCA MaxPreps Player of the Week for the entire state of Michigan, and an Esmark All-American. She was coached for one year by current Assistant Coach Remy McBain in high school, and played for Charged Up Volleyball club in 2015 where she played for current head coach Kevin Foeman for one year. She will also be running track and field while at Lake Erie.

Why did you choose Lake Erie?

"I chose Lake Erie because to me it felt like the best place to pursue my academic and athletic career, and it has a very welcoming environment."

Hailey plans on going into Special Education, where she hopes to become an Intervention Specialist for children with mild to moderate needs.  

Coach's Comments: Hailey is a very explosive player who has a high ceiling. She broke into the volleyball scene recently, and put together a great junior and senior year along with a great club season. She will be a big addition to both Track and Field and Volleyball. Having coached Hailey in the past, I know how hard she works during practice and away from the court, and she is the type of person who we want in this program, hard-working and respectful.