PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- The Lake Erie College volleyball team's final home match of the season started off on a positive note, but the visiting University of Findlay came back to spoil Senior Day Sunday (Oct. 31) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center with a 3-1 victory in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.
The Storm (4-24, 1-16 GLIAC) took the first set before the Oilers (12-13, 6-10 GLIAC) came back to take three straight to win for just the second time in their last five matches.
After Findlay jumped out to a five-point lead midway through the opening set, Lake Erie responded to tie it at 13-13. Later, with the Oilers ahead 19-16, the Storm scored eight of the next nine points and looked to have the set secured at 24-20. But the Oilers rallied for three straight points before sophomore Mary Walter (Solon, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) blasted a kill to close the frame and put Lake Erie up 1-0.
There was little drama after that, however, as Findlay scored the first six points in set two and never let the Storm get closer than three points throughout, finishing the set with a 5-0 run for a 25-15 win to even the match. After hitting at a .270 clip in the first set, Lake Erie hit just .074 in the second. The Oilers, meanwhile posted a .400 hitting percentage.
A 7-0 run midway through set three propelled the Oilers, who outhit Lake Erie .346-.143 in the frame, to another 25-15 set victory for a 2-1 lead. The Storm trailed just 10-8 in the fourth set, but the Oilers broke it open with a 6-1 run that led to a 25-16 win to wrap up the match.
Freshman Jamie Hoppe (Green Springs, Ohio/Clyde) led Lake Erie with eight kills, including five in the first set victory. She also added 12 digs. Junior Michelle Naab (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) had seven kills and Walter added six.
Jessica VonIns led Findlay with a match-high 18 kills and 16 digs. Danielle Taflinger added 14 as the pair combined for 32 of the Oilers' 56 kills. Lake Erie had 33 as a team.
The Storm has two games remaining on the season, starting Friday night, Nov. 5, at Tiffin University.