(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – The Lake Erie College Storm dominated the Alderson Broaddus College Battlers in a quick 3-0 win on Senior Night in the Osborne Family Wellness Center.
The Storm improve to 21-9 on the season, while the Battlers falls to 8-21. Set scores were 25-12, 25-13, and 25-11.
Crystal Kedroske (Sr.) had a double-double with 14 kills and 13 digs, and Hailey Nielsen added 14 while hitting .522 to pace the Storm offensively. Mo Briggs led Lake Erie with 22 digs, while Alexis Thomas (Sr) had 35 assists, 4 kills, and 6 digs for the Storm.
"After last weekend's two thrilling, heart-attack inducing matches, we were very happy to have those wins under our belt. They were essential if we were going to have any chance of hosting the first round of the conference tournament", said Head Coach Kyle Peck. He continued to say, "we know we have AB and D&E coming in this weekend, so if we can get two more wins, we can host. We really relied on our two senior leaders tonight, on our Senior Night, we jumped on AB early and just really got into a rhythm."
Storm Seniors Crystal Kedroske and Alexis Thomas have been a one-two punch for the program over the past four years. Kedroske currently has 1,167 kills, 1,349 digs, 120 blocks, and has scored a total of 1,361.5 points for the storm throughout her four years playing for the Lake Erie College Storm. Thomas currently has 228 kills, 3,711 assists, 1,269 digs, 60 blocks in her collegiate career, and in her senior season has averaged 10.26 assists per set for the Lake Erie College Storm.
"Crystal and Alexis have literally built this program into what it is today. They started on the ground floor four years ago, and they have worked their tails off to make Lake Erie Volleyball relevant. They are a main reason we have had success this year", said Peck.
The Storm returns to The Osborne Family Wellness Center for their final regular season match of the 2018 season against Davis & Elkins at 1pm. They are working to win home-court advantage in the first round of the G-MAC tournament, but with their win over Malone they have already clinched a postseason bid.