CALIFORNIA, Pa. - The Lake Erie College volleyball team concluded the Cal Vulcan Invitational with two wins on Saturday (Sept. 9) over the host California (Pa.) and Le Moyne.
The Storm defeated the Vulcans 3-1 (25-22, 18-25, 26-24, 25-19) in the first match of the night. Lake Erie finished the Saturday sweep with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-15) win over Le Moyne.
"It was a total team effort this weekend, and I loved the way we played on day 2 of the tournament," said Storm head coach Kevin Foeman. We served well, were very disciplined on defense and had great balance on our offense. We're excited to get back in the gym this week and prepare for conference play this weekend."
California (Pa.) gained an early 3-2 lead in the first set before the Storm tied it with a Crystal Kedroske (Dexter, Mich. / Dexter) kill. An 8-3 Lake Erie run pushed the Storm lead to five at 11-6. The Vulcans slimmed the lead to one twice but the Storm held on for a 25-22 set one victory.
Lake Erie jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second set. The Vulcans answered with their own 4-1 run, tying the set at five. The teams went back and forth before California (Pa.) took a 12-11 advantage. The Vulcans pushed the lead to four before Lake Erie called a timeout. Lake Erie fell in the second set 25-18.
Lake Erie stormed out to a 9-2 lead in the third set, forcing a timeout. California (Pa.) rallied as they tied the set at 15 apiece. The Storm held a small lead throughout the rest of the match as they finished it off with a Courtney Rosebrook (Deshler, Ohio / Patrick Henry) kill. The Storm took a 2-1 advantage with a 26-24 set three win.
The Vulcans took an early 5-3 lead in the fourth set. Lake Erie used four straight points, forcing a Vulcans timeout with a 7-5 lead. Lake Erie pushed the lead to four at 11-7 before Cal (Pa.) rallied to tie the set at 15. After a 17-17 tie, Lake Erie used a final 8-2 run to seal the match. Lake Erie took the final set 25-19.
) had 25 assists and 14 digs. Hallie Zumack (Independence, Ohio / Independence / Tusculum) assisted on 20 points and chipped in 12 digs. Sidney Fletcher (Saline, Mich. / Saline) led all players with 25 digs. Brooke Peiffer (Lansing, Mich. / Holt) had 14 digs and nine kills.
Le Moyne scored three of the first four points of the match. The teams battled throughout the first set as neither teams could take a lead more than two points. After the Dolphins tied the set at 15, Lake Erie rallied three straight points to force a Le Moyne timeout on a kill by Fletcher. After the timeout, Lake Erie went on a 7-2 run for the 25-17 set one win.
The Dolphins held an early lead in the second but the Storm quickly took back the lead. Lake Erie capped a 5-1 run with a double block by Fisher and Rosebrook as they took a 12-8 lead into a timeout. Le Moyne forced a 14-14 tie and took a 21-17 lead late in the set. Lake Erie ended the set with an 8-0 run for the 25-21 win.
The Storm had all cylinders firing in the third set as they scored six of the first seven points, forcing a Le Moyne timeout. The Dolphins trimmed the lead to one before Lake Erie began to pull away in the late going with a 14-5 run to close out the sweep. The Storm took the final set 25-15.
Lexi Lombardo (Olmsted Falls, Ohio / Olmsted Falls) led all players with 12 kills in the match while Fisher added 11 kills on offense. Zumack had 19 assists. Fletcher had 13 digs on defense along with nine by Peiffer.
The Storm will begin conference play with the home opener against Davis and Elkins on Thursday (Sept. 14).