PAINESVILLE, Ohio- The Lake Erie College volleyball team will travel to Aurora, Illinois this weekend to take part in the 2017 Midwest Region Volleyball Crossover at the Great Lakes Center. The Crossover will feature 36 programs, including 15 Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) teams, 12 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and nine Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) schools.
The Storm will take on three GLVC schools this weekend. On Friday (Oct. 13), Lake Erie will play the University of Indianapolis Greyhounds at 11:30 AM CT and the University of Illinois-Springfield Prairie Stars at 5:30 PM CT. The Storm will conclude the weekend with the Drury University Panthers at 1:00 PM CT on Saturday (Oct. 14).
"The crossover is a tournament we always look forward to when we begin each season," said Storm head coach Kevin Foeman. "A chance to face off against other top programs from the GLVC and GLIAC is extremely exciting and the environment makes it so fun for the team. Playing alongside 7 other courts under one roof, with some of the best players and teams in the country all in one facility, is such a great experience for the team. We are looking forward to playing all 3 teams, as they are well coached and seeing a lot of success this year. It should be fun and great volleyball and another chance to improve as a team and program."
Storm Report: Lake Erie is 13-6 overall and 7-3 in Great Midwest matchups this season. The Storm defeated #25 Findlay 3-1 but fell to Hillsdale 3-1 at home last weekend. Sidney Fletcher (Saline, Mich. / Saline) was named GMAC East Division Player of the Week after she had 62 digs in eight sets, an average of 7.75 digs per set.
Opposition Position: UIndy is 11-7 overall and 6-3 in the GLVC after a 3-2 victory over William Jewell in their last match. Illinois-Springfield has an overall record of 11-7 and a 5-4 GLVC mark. The Prairie Stars fell 3-1 to McKendree last week. The Panthers were defeated by Southern Indiana in a five set match last week and enter the Crossover with a 14-5 overall mark and 6-4 in the GLVC.
Series History: Lake Erie has met all three teams before at the Midwest Region Crossover. The Storm fell to the Greyhounds in a five set match at last year's crossover. The Storm and the Prairie Stars have faced off three times at the Crossover with the Prairie Stars winning all three matchups. Lake Erie and Drury shared the court at the 2014 Crossover with the Panthers taking the match 3-0.
Storm Forecast: The Storm will return home to the Osborne Center for a tri-match between Notre Dame College and Roberts Wesleyan College on Tuesday (Oct. 17).