The Lake Erie College volleyball program lost its match tonight to the Griffins of Seton Hill University with a final score of 3-0. The loss makes the Storm 1-8 in their first nine matches of 2019, while the Griffins improve to 4-1.
The Storm only recorded 27 kills as a team in the match. Leading the Storm offensively this evening was freshman Taylor Metzler with nine kills and only three errors, with a hitting percentage of .273. Carolin Santa added seven kills offensively with only two errors and recorded the second-highest hitting percentage of .208.
Senior captain Hallie Zumack earned her seventh double-double of the season, recording 10 assists and 12 digs tonight against the number four ranked team in the Atlantic region. "It feels good to know that I am doing my job.", said Zumack. "I am working my hardest for the team to make sure I am consistently setting a good ball for the hitters."
The Storm dropped the first two sets of the match, scoring just 16 points in each. They came back in the third set and went up 11-8 over the Griffins, their first lead of the night. The Griffins called a timeout, went on a run of their own and took the lead back 19-14 before the Storm took a timeout of their own. Lake Erie clawed back, scoring six points and giving up four, cutting the Griffin lead to three with only a couple of points left until match-point, but they fell with a final score of 25-20 in the final set of the match.
"We dug ourselves into a hole.", said Zumack. "Leadership definitely came into play before and during the third set. We identified what wasn't working for us in the first two sets, and tried to fix it and implement and build upon the good things we did early into the last set of the match. Now we have to go home and get ready for Pitt-Johnstown. We know what kind of team they are. We know what needs to get done. It just comes down to the execution."
The Storm faced Pitt-Johnstown at the Clarion Tournament earlier this season. They lost 3-1, but fought throughout the match, winning the first set with a score of 25-18, but losing the next three by a couple of points each.
The rematch will take place in the Storm's home opener on Saturday, September 21 at 11 am in the Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center, located on the back end of the Lake Erie College campus. The Pitt-Johnstown match will be the first match of three hosted by the Storm that day, as Urbana will be coming to play as well. At 1 pm, Pitt-Johnstown and Urbana will face off against each other in a neutral site match, and the Storm will end the day facing Urbana at 3 pm. Storm games will include a video feed and live statistics on the Great Midwest Digital Network. Admission for the day will be $5.00 for the general public, with the exception of children under the age of seven. Lake Erie College faculty, staff, and students will have free admittance with their Storm ID.