AURORA, Ill. - The Lake Erie College volleyball team began the 2017 Midwest Region Crossover on Friday (Oct. 13) with two matches against teams from the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
The Storm rallied for a 3-1 (17-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-23) win over the University of Indianapolis in the first match. Lake Erie fell 3-1 (25-22, 16-25, 19-25, 23-25) in the nightcap against the University of Illinois-Springfield.
"Great team win this morning against a top program in Indianapolis, and a tough loss this afternoon," said Storm head coach Kevin Foeman. "Saw a lot of good things happen in both matches, and areas in which we need to see some improvement. We will continue to work hard and prepare to get better tomorrow and finish this tournament playing well together."
The Greyhounds jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first set before the Storm cut the lead to one at 5-4. Indianapolis pulled away for a 12-6 lead that forced a Lake Erie timeout. The Greyhounds led by as many as seven but the Storm attempted a late comeback as they cut the lead to four. UIndy won the first set 25-17.
UIndy led the second set with a 13-5 run to start. The Greyhounds forced Lake Erie to use both timeouts with a 19-13 lead. Following the Lake Erie timeout, Lake Erie responded with a 6-2 run with two combined blocks with Shannon Holsinger (Roanoke, Va. / Cave Spring), Crystal Kedroske (Dexter, Mich. / Dexter) and Courtney Rosebrook (Deshler, Ohio / Patrick Henry). The Greyhounds used a timeout as the Storm cut the lead to 21-19. Lake Erie rallied with a second 6-2 run as they completed the comeback with a 25-23 set two win.
Lake Erie led wire-to-wire in the third set to take a 2-1 set advantage. The Greyhounds pulled within two points in the early going. The Storm opened a seven point lead at 16-9 but then Indianapolis scored thirteen of the next 20 points as they trimmed the lead to 23-22. Brooke Peiffer (Lansing, Mich. / Holt) and Bethany Fisher (Orrville, Ohio / Dalton) each had kills as the Storm won the third set 25-23.
The fourth set featured multiple ties and lead changes as the teams did not lead by more than three points. With the score tied 23-23 late in the match, Lexi Lombardo (Olmsted Falls, Ohio / Olmsted Falls) and Peiffer had the final two kills as the Storm won the set 25-23 and the match 3-1.
Fisher led the Storm with 23 kills in the match. Peiffer added a double-double with 13 kills and 18 digs. Alexis Thomas (Cincinnati, Ohio / Fairfield) had 29 assists and 13 digs for the Storm. Hallie Zumack (Independence, Ohio / Independence) made 22 assists. Sidney Fletcher (Saline, Mich. / Saline) had one service ace and 16 digs. Rosebrook finished with five block assists.
The Prairie Stars opened the first set with a 7-4 lead until the Storm tied the set at nine with a 5-2 rally. A combined block by Kedroske and Rosebrook tied the match. The teams went back and forth with points until the game was tied at 18. Fisher had two straight kills that forced a Prairie Stars timeout. The Storm pushed the lead to four before winning the set 25-22.
Illinois-Springfield had a 4-0 lead in the second set before opening a 16-7 lead. Lake Erie cut the deficit to six but the Prairie Stars won the set 25-16.
Lake Erie opened a 4-1 lead but then Illinois-Springfield used a 10-2 run for an 11-6 lead. Peiffer had four kills as the Storm tried to rally but fell in the third set 25-19.
The Storm had three kills early as they held a 3-1 lead. Lake Erie pushed the lead to three points a few times as they took an 11-9 lead on a Peiffer kill. Illinois-Springfield used a 7-2 run for a 16-13 lead, forcing Lake Erie to take a timeout. Lake Erie rallied and took a 22-21 lead on a Kedroske kill. The Prairie Stars came back with a late rally and won the set 25-23.
Fisher led the Storm again with a 16-kill match. Peiffer had another double-double with 13 kills and 16 digs. Kedroske added ten kills, nine digs and three block assists. Thomas assisted on 26 points and dug out 16 attacks. Zumack had 13 assists and 12 digs in the match. Fletcher was the leading player with 22 digs for Lake Erie.
The Storm will return to the court at the Great Lakes Center for Day 2 of the Crossover with a matchup with Drury at 1:00 PM Central Time.