PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Behind big nights from junior Michelle Naab (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) and freshman Jamie Hoppe (Green Springs, Ohio/Clyde) the Lake Erie College volleyball team moved above .500 on the season with a 3-2 victory at traditional non-conference rival Notre Dame College Tuesday night (Sept. 7) in South Euclid, Ohio.
Naab had a season-high nine kills and assisted on three blocks while Hoppe had personal highs with 15 kills and 12 digs to lead the Storm (3-2) attack. Lake Erie had 47 kills in the match, including 14 service aces, in snapping a seven-match losing streak against the Falcons (1-9).
Notre Dame took the first set 25-21, but Lake Erie immediately responded by taking the next two, 25-18 and 25-20. The Storm was unable to close it out in four as the Falcons forced a decisive set with a 25-20 win. Lake Erie won the final set by scoring the final four points in a 15-11 frame.
Semior defensive specialist Lauren Johnson (Wellington, Ohio/Keystone) had 27 of the team's 88 digs.
Kari Kincannon had 15 kills to lead the Falcons. Taylor Pugliese had 41 assists and Cristin Brown added 21 digs.
The Storm continues its season-opening 10-game road trip as it opens conference play in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) this weekend when it travels to Wayne State University on Friday (Sept. 10) before playing at the University of Findlay Saturday (Sept. 11) and Hillsdale College on Sunday (Sept. 12).