VIENNA, W.Va.- The Lake Erie College women's volleyball team completed their eighth sweep in a Great Midwest contest as the Storm defeated the Ohio Valley University Fighting Scots 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-15) on Saturday (Oct. 28) afternoon.
The Storm improved to 21-7 overall and 11-3 in the conference with their seventh straight win. Lake Erie has also clinched a spot in the 2017 Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament, the Storm's second playoff berth in as many years.
Lake Erie started the first set with three kills in the first four points. After Ohio Valley cut the lead down to one, Lake Erie pushed the advantage to four at 9-5 off of a Brooke Peiffer (Lansing, Mich. / Holt) kill. Following the kill, Lake Erie used a 9-3 run for a ten point lead, capped by a service ace from Hallie Zumack (Independence, Ohio / Independence). The Fighting Scots pulled within six late in the set but an error sealed the Storm's 25-17 first set win.
The Storm opened the second set with a 7-1 rally, with two kills from Crystal Kedroske (Dexter, Mich. / Dexter) and a service ace from Alexis Thomas. After an Ohio Valley point, Lake Erie followed with another big run for a 16-3 lead. On the 9-1 run, Lexi Lombardo (Olmsted Falls, Ohio / Olmsted Falls) had two kills. Lake Erie won the second set 25-14.
Pieffer had an ace and a kill as Lake Erie won the first four points in the third set. The Fighting Scots shrunk the lead to 4-3 before Bethany Fisher (Orrville, Ohio / Dalton) scored a kill. Fisher's kill started a 7-1 Storm run that opened an 11-4 lead. Kedroske and Zumack both had service aces on the run. Ohio Valley responded with a 9-2 run that slimmed the lead to 15-13. Lake Erie rallied off five straight points with two kills from Fisher and two service aces from Sidney Fletcher (Saline, Mich. / Saline). Lake Erie won the final set 25-15.
Fisher had ten kills in the match, as she surpassed 1,000 kills for her career. Fisher is also the program leader for kills in a season and a career.
Peiffer was also in double digits with kills as she had ten. Lombardo had six kills and a team-high .750 hitting percentage.
As a team, the Storm had 11 service aces. Peiffer and Fletcher each had three while Kedroske and Zumack each had two. Alexis Thomas (Cincinnati, Ohio / Fairfield) added the final service ace for the Storm.
The Storm will conclude the weekend with a matchup at Alderson Broaddus on Sunday (Oct. 29) afternoon at 1:00 PM.