PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College volleyball team finished off a historic 2017 regular season with a sweep of the Malone Pioneers. The Storm finished the regular season 25-8 overall and 15-3 in conference play, 25 wins set a program record since the team joined the Division-II level.
The Storm jumped out of the gates as they opened the game on a 7-1 run. A pair of kills by Crystal Kedroske (Dexter, Mich. / Dexter) and a service ace from Brooke Peiffer (Lansing, Mich. / Holt) and Sidney Fletcher (Saline, Mich. / Saline) propelled the 7-1 run. The Pioneers cut the Storm lead to 12-9, before Lake Erie stretched their lead with a 6-1 run. The Storm finished the first set strong, and won 25-17.
The second set started as a back and forth battle, as the match was tied on five separate occasions. The Storm rattled off three quick points to gain a 9-6 lead. The quick spurt was highlighted by a Peiffer kill. Later in the second set, a 6-0 Lake Erie run widened the advantage to 20-12. The run was led by Fletcher as she notched a pair of aces. The Storm closed out the set with ease, and won 25-15.
The third set was hard fought to open the frame, as Lake Erie took a timeout midway through the set, with a 12-9 edge. Out of the timeout, the Pioneers cut the Storm lead to one, but the Storm was able to regain their momentum and take a 21-15 lead to force a Malone timeout. The Storm was able to hold off a late run from the Pioneers and completed the sweep with a third set win, 25-23.
The Storm was led by Peiffer on offense as she had a match high 12 kills. Lexi Lombardo (Olmsted Falls, Ohio / Olmsted Falls) pitched in with 10 kills in the match, and two block assists. Defensively, the Storm was led by Kedroske as she tallied a match high 15 digs. Fletcher added 11 digs for the Storm, and notched a pair of aces.
Lake Erie will return to action Thursday (Nov. 16) when they travel to Hillsdale to take on Kentucky Wesleyan in the quarterfinal match of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Championship.