HILLSDALE, Mich. – The Lake Erie College women's volleyball team's 2017 season came to a close on Friday (Nov. 17) evening in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference semifinal. The Storm fell to the Findlay Oilers 3-0 (23-25, 17-25, 20-25) in the semifinal.
Lake Erie had a 2-0 lead before Findlay tied the set at two aside. The teams went back-and-forth with three ties in the first eight points. The Oilers scored three straight points before Lexi Lombardo (Olmsted Falls, Ohio / Olmsted Falls) had two consecutive kills as Lake Erie trailed 7-6. Findlay opened a 14-9 lead in the first set. Lake Erie chipped away at the lead with a 4-0 run, including a service ace by Sidney Fletcher (Saline, Mich. / Saline) and kills from Lombardo and Crystal Kedroske (Dexter, Mich. / Dexter). The Oilers pushed the lead to four at 20-16 until the Storm rallied back with five of the six points. Brooke Peiffer (Lansing, Mich. / Holt) had two kills as Lake Erie tied the set at 21 apiece, forcing a Findlay timeout. Peiffer and Courtney Rosebrook (Deshler, Ohio / Patrick Henry) tied the set twice but the Storm fell 25-23.
The teams battled in the second set with five ties early on as Lombardo tied the set at five with a kill. Findlay took a 13-7 lead with a run in the set. Lake Erie trimmed the lead to five but the Oilers took the set by a final score of 25-17.
Lake Erie showed some early resilience in the third set as the Storm answered Findlay's early leads. Lake Erie answered with kills to tie the match three times early. The Storm tied the set at five with a kill by Shannon Holsinger (Roanoke, Va. / Cave Spring). The Storm took a timeout, trailing 12-6 to the Oilers. Out of the timeout, Lake Erie stormed back with a 6-1 run to pull within one point at 13-12. Bethany Fisher (Orrville, Ohio / Dalton) had two kills and Fletcher had her second ace of the contest. Findlay regained an advantage towards the end of the set. Lake Erie broke three match points for the Oilers by scoring three straight times. The Storm fell 25-20 in the final set.
Peiffer led the Storm with eight kills along with five digs on defense. Lombardo had seven kills and a team-high .389 hitting percentage. Fisher finished with five kills and two block assists. Alexis Thomas (Cincinnati, Ohio / Fairfield) ended the day with 15 assists and ten digs, a double-double. Fletcher added 13 digs, a team-high, along with two service aces. Kedroske was second on the Storm with 12 digs.
The Storm finished the season with a 26-9 record, and the second consecutive semifinal appearance in the conference tournament.