PAINESVILLE, Ohio-- The Lake Erie College women's volleyball team continued their home and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) opening weekend against the University of Findlay but were unsuccessful in topping the Oilers, falling in straight sets (25-18, 25-19, 25-17) Saturday (Sept. 21) in Painesville.
In the opening set, the Oilers (8-3, 1-1 GLIAC) got out of the gates fast, amounting an early 11-4 advantage. The Storm (0-6, 0-2 GLIAC) was able to regain some ground but ultimately fell in the set, 25-18.
The teams traded points back and forth to open the second set with the Oilers coming outaa ahead of the trades with a 12-9 lead before Lake Erie called a timeout. Findlay's momentum carried through the timeout as their lead grew to 23-16 before closing out the set 25-19.
Once again, Walter led the Storm in hitting for the set with four kills. Molly Richardson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Dwenger) led the defensive front with six digs.
The Oilers gained a 13-5 lead in the third set before Lake Erie called a timeout. The teams traded points following the timeout before Lake Erie gained an edge in the trades, cutting the Oilers lead to 16-11 which brought about a Findlay timeout. Following the timeout, the Storm cut the lead to four at 18-14 but Findlay rattled off a 3-0 run to increase their lead to 21-14 before closing out the set, and the match, 25-17.
Walter ended the match with 12 kills, four assists and three service aces. Hoppe and Richardson combined for 15 digs. Mallory Gustincic (Medina, Ohio/Medina) had 21 sets for the Storm while Kristin Swann (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) had two solo blocks.
Danielle Taflinger and Julie Lyons combined for 16 kills for Findlay while Brittany Hall led with six digs.
The Storm head north to the Upper Peninsula next weekend to face Northern Michigan University and Michigan Technological University.