PAINESVILLE, Ohio— The Lake Erie College volleyball team picked up a nonconference win over rival Notre Dame College Tuesday (Sept. 22) in four sets.
The Storm won the sets 25-20, 25-22, 26-28, and 25-13.
Lake Erie jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the opening set. The Storm kept up the fast pace place, forcing the Falcons to call a timeout trailing 8-3. Following the timeout, the Falcons fought back, bringing the score within two, 16-14, but the Storm rallied back to increase their lead to five, 21-16. The Falcons brought the score within four late in the set but the Storm captured the set 25-20.
Madison Russell (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville) led the Storm with six kills in the first set, while Leondra Barrett (Chattanooga, Tenn./Ooltewah) had five. Alexis Thomas (Cincinnati, Ohio/Fairfield) had six digs and five assists. Crystal Kedroske (Dexter, Mich./Dexter) had a set-high seven digs.
The Falcons gained an advantage early in the second set, 9-5. The Storm gathered their footing and brought the score within one, 14-13, forcing a Falcon timeout. After the timeout, the Storm won two straight points to gain the lead. The Storm came out ahead of some back-and-forth play, jumping ahead to a 19-16 lead. The Falcons rallied to pull within three but it was not enough as the Storm won the set 25-22.
Bethany Fisher (Orrville, Ohio/Dalton) led the Storm with five kills. Russell had a set-high five digs while Kedroske and Courtney Stedman (Mount Prospect, Ill./Hersey) had four apiece. Thomas had seven assists.
Once again, the Falcons took the lead early in the third set, 5-2. Their lead grew to eight, 15-7, before the Storm won three straight points, bringing about a Notre Dame timeout. The teams exchanged points until Notre Dame led 24-23. The Storm staved off three set points but the Falcons won the set, 28-26.
Kedroske led the Storm with four kills and seven digs in the set. Destiny Prusky (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) and Russell had two blocks apiece.
The teams exchanged points early in the fourth set until the Storm gained a two point lead, 12-9. After a Flacons timeout, the Storm continued to play efficiently, increasing their lead to 17-10. After a second timeout by Notre Dame, the Storm wrapped up the set and the match, winning the fourth 25-13.
Offensively the Storm was led by Russell and Barrett who tallied 18 and 15 kills respectively. Defensively Kedroske led the way for the Lake Erie with 24 digs.
The Storm is back in action Friday (Sept. 28), traveling north to Northern Michigan University for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) match.