PAINESVILLE, Ohio- The Lake Erie College volleyball team honored their three seniors with a win in their final regular season home game as the Storm defeated the Ohio Dominican Panthers 3-1 on Tuesday (Nov. 1).
The Storm improved to 17-13 overall and they continued to fight for a GLIAC playoff spot. Lake Erie is now tied with Ashland and Michigan Tech for 5th with an 8-5 record.
The Storm jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Ohio Dominican went on a 5-1 run, taking a 5-4 lead. The Storm regained the lead and took a four point lead to 10-6. Ohio Dominican took over the lead at 16-14 but the Storm made one final run, taking the 21-20 lead and went on to win the set.
The Panthers got an early lead in the second set and made it stick. Ohio Dominican led by as much as six before Lake Erie took a run. The Storm cut the lead to one but the Panthers pulled away, tying the match one set apiece.
Both teams went back and forth in the third set. With the match tied 7-7, Lake Erie rallied seven straight points for a 14-7 lead. The Storm kept up the pressure take a 2-1 advantage.
Lake Erie fell behind 3-0 in the fourth set but came back to take a 5-2 lead. The Storm led by as much as seven before Ohio Dominican tied the game 19 all. A 6-2 run capped by a Lee Lee Barrett (Chattanooga, Tenn. / Ootlewah) kill ended the match in favor of the Storm.
Brooke Peiffer (Lansing, Mich. / Holt) led the Storm with 14 kills along with 12 digs on defense. Bethany Fisher (Orrville, Ohio / Dalton) added 13 kills. Barrett finished with six kills, and ten total blocks (six solo, four assisted) in her final home game. Gabrielle Woods (Elyria, Ohio / Brookside) had five kills as well. Sidney Fletcher (Saline, Mich. / Saline) led the defense with 20 digs, with Alexis Thomas (Cincinnati, Ohio / Fairfield) and Jamie Riley (Prospect, Ohio / Olentangy) adding 12 and 11 digs, respectively.
The Storm finished with 13 total team blocks in the match.
Lake Erie will travel to Ashland on Friday (Nov. 4) for a key GLIAC matchup.