PAINESVILLE, Ohio- The Lake Erie College volleyball team shook off a loss on Friday (Sept. 30) by taking down the Grand Valley State Lakers in four sets (25-22, 25-19, 17-25, 25-18) on Saturday (Oct. 1) afternoon.
With the win, the Storm improved to 10-6 overall and 3-3 on the year in the GLIAC. The win marked the first time Lake Erie reached ten wins since the 2009 season.
Grand Valley State jumped out to an early five point lead in the first set. Lake Erie answered a timeout with an 8-3 run to tie the game at 11. Both teams answered each other's points until the Storm ended the set with a 5-0 run, capped by a Lexi Lombardo (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmsted Falls) kill.
In the second set, the Storm led for most of the way, besides trailing for a couple of points. The Storm then took advantage of some Lakers errors before leading into a timeout. After the timeout, the Storm controlled the pace as they held off the Lakers for the second set win.
Grand Valley rallied for a wire-to-wire win in the third set, to force the fourth set of the match.
With the match in the fourth set, the Lakers carried the momentum from the third set. The Lakers fought to keep the Storm close. Lake Erie went on a 5-1 run into a timeout by the Lakers. Out of the timeout, Lake Erie pulled away with some key defensive plays down the stretch.
Brooke Peiffer (Lansing, Mich. /Holt) led the offense with 14 kills and added 17 digs on the defensive end as well. Lombardo led the team with a .348 hitting percentage for the second straight night, along with eight kills and three block assists.
Sidney Fletcher (Saline, Mich. / Saline) led the defensive charge with 22 digs. Alexis Thomas (Cincinnati, Ohio / Fairfield) had 19 digs with two kills. Lee Lee Barrett (Chatttanooga, Tenn. / Ooltewah) had six solo blocks.
The Storm will return to action next weekend with home matches against Lake Superior State and Saginaw Valley State.