PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College women's volleyball team will step away from the Great Midwest schedule for a match as the Storm will travel to Wheeling Jesuit on Wednesday (Nov. 1) for a matchup with the #21 ranked Cardinals.
"Wednesday is a great opportunity for our team to play against one of the premier Division 2 programs in the country in Wheeling Jesuit," said Storm head coach Kevin Foeman. "They will test us in every capacity, and it will be a great chance to get better as a program and a team. They are currently ranked 21st in the country, and only two years removed from a National Championship. I know the coaching staff and players are all looking forward to taking this trip and getting the opportunity to compete in a tough environment."
Storm Report: Lake Erie improved to 22-7 overall and 12-3 in the G-MAC with a 3-0 sweep of Alderson Broaddus on Sunday (Oct. 29). The Storm went 3-0 for the weekend with wins over Davis & Elkins, Ohio Valley and Alderson Broaddus. With the 3-0 weekend, Lake Erie clinched a spot in the 2017 Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament, the second ever playoff appearance. The Storm also set a new program record with 20 wins in a season, surpassing the record previously set by the 2016 Storm.
On the individual level, Bethany Fisher (Orrville, Ohio / Dalton) became the Storm's first player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills on Saturday. Brooke Peiffer (Lansing, Mich. / Holt) earned her second East Division Player of the Week in as many weeks. Peiffer had 29 kills in seven sets, an average of 4.14 kills per sets, along with a .481 hitting percentage.
Opposition Position: The Cardinals enter the matchup with a 23-4 overall record following a 3-1 victory over Great Midwest school Malone last weekend. Wheeling Jesuit was ranked #21 in the latest national rankings.
Series History: The Storm and the Cardinals have met three times on the court, all in tri-match situations. Wheeling Jesuit holds a 3-0 series advantage, including a 3-1 win over Lake Erie last season at the Osborne Center.
Storm Forecast: Lake Erie will resume Great Midwest play with a home match against Ursuline on Saturday (Nov. 4). The Storm has three conference games remaining on the schedule.