Storm Stopped on Final Day of Invitational

Molly Richardson
Molly Richardson

ERIE, Pa.—The Lake Erie College women's volleyball team (1-3) were unable to pick up a win on the final day of the Gannon-Mercyhurst Inviational at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center in Erie, Pa.

The Storm started the day with a match against Holy Family University (1-8).   The two teams were even early in game one.  Tied at three, the Tigers won 22 of the next 31 points to win the set 25-12.  Holy Family kept the momentum up in game two.  The game was evenly matched at eight apiece.  The Tigers won 14 of the next 23 points. The Storm began to mount a comeback, closing the lead to just one at 23-22, but it was not enough as Holy Cross took game two 25-23.  Down 16-12 in game three, the Storm were not ready to give up.  Lake Erie tied the game up at 22.  The two teams exchanged points, and were tied up at 25-25.  Sophomore Sara Aultz (Wooster, Ohio/Orrville) secured the crucial point to put the Storm ahead 26-25. Classmate Samanta Knepley (Munih, Mich./Stockbridge) clinched game three for Lake Erie on the next point, 27-25.  Once again, the teams were even early on in game four.  Tied at 10, the Tigers went on to win 15 of the next 20 points to clinch game four 25-15, and win the match 3-1.

Junior Andrea Harris (Beavercreek, Ohio/Beavercreek) and Aultz led the Storm with eight kills each. Knepley recorded 24 assists and senior Paige Baldauf (Marion, Ohio/Marion Pleasant) tallied seven digs.

Lake Erie faced off against host Mercyhurst University (7-1) in their second match of the day.  The Lakers used a fast start to win the game one 25-15.  The Storm kept pace with Lakers in game two.  Down 10-5, Lake Erie went on an 8-3 run to tie the game at 13.  Mercyhurst were able to pull ahead and win game two 25-18.  The Lakers utilized another fast start in game three to win 25-18.

Baldauf led the Storm with 14 digs.  Knepley achieved a .750% kill percentage.  Junior classmates Jamie Hoppe (Green Springs, Ohio/Clyde) and Kristin Swann (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester)tallied three block assists each.

The Storm return to action next Friday (Sept. 14), opening Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play at Wayne State University, slated for a 7 p.m. start in the Matthaei Center in Detriot, Mich.

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