PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Led by a career performance from sophomore middle hitter Kristin Swann (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) and a host of aces from junior Mary Walter (Solon, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin), Lake Erie College (1-4) picked up its first win of the season, 3-0, over traditional neighborhood rival Notre Dame College, at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center.
Swann had a match- and career-high 11 kills while committing just a three errors. Walter meanwhile served a career-high eight aces.
Lake Erie won the match by a count 26-24, 25-10, 27-25.
The win marked the first for the Storm under first year head coach Brian Coughlin.
"We played hard over the weekend and the level of play we faced really helped us get this win today," said Head Coach Brian Coughlin. "Obviously Kristin played a great game and Mary served tremendously but there several good all-around performances."
In the first set, Lake Erie trailed much of the set. Down 24-22, Lake Erie forced Notre Dame's hand, causing a bad set and two NDC attacking errors. Walter served out the final three points, including an ace at 24-24, to take the critical first set.
The second set was all Lake Erie, jumping out to leads of 8-1, 18-3 and 24-5. The Storm took six tries to finish the set but did so on a Falcons attack error. Walter's carried the set, serving for eight straight points, including four aces.
Notre Dame stayed composed and in the third set, but Lake Erie led 23-18 after a kill by sophomore Molly Richardson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Dwenger) from senior Lauren Bogatay (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor). The Falcons rallied for six straight points to go ahead 24-23, but a Walter kill evened the score. NDC went back up 25-24, before kills by Swann and sophomore Jamie Hoppe (Green Springs, Ohio/Clyde), centered around a Notre Dame error, gave the Storm the match.
Walter, Hoppe, Richardson and senior Michelle Naab (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) carried a balanced attack around Swann with six kills each. Senior Krista O'Connor (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) had a season-high 17 assists directing the attack.
The Storm attacked for a season-high .273 hitting percentage in the match.
The Storm is in action next on Friday as they host Michigan Tech University in a 5:00 p.m. match.