The Lake Erie Storm volleyball team (7-14) participated in the program's tenth Midwest Crossover tournament this past weekend. The Storm played three matches against the seventh-seed and ninth-seed teams from the GLIAC and GLVC. The Storm ended the tournament with a win this afternoon over the William Jewell College Cardinals.
The Storm opened up the tournament with a match against Davenport University Panthers, the seventh-seeded team in the GLIAC. The Storm dropped the match with a final score of 3-0. The best set of the match for the Storm was the final set, in which Lake Erie opened up with an 8-1 lead over the Panthers, but was not enough to seal the deal. The Panthers had a hitting percentage of .323 for the match, earning 45 kills on 99 total attempts and only 13 errors, while the Storm only attempted 83 times and earned 24 kills for a hitting percentage of .120. The worst set of the match for the Storm was the opening set of the tournament, in which they hit .067 as a team.
There was no particular standout on the Storm in the match against Davenport, as statistics were spread evenly throughout the Lake Erie lineup. Sophomore Maria Blatnik led the squad in kills (6), while junior Courtney Rosebrook and freshman Dora Olah both added four Setter Alexandria Becerra earned three kills while being credited with 16 assists, and additionally earning five digs on defense. Defensively, senior Moe Briggs and freshman Kaylee Hiser each recorded six digs. Junior Carolin Santa put up two solo blocks, while Blatnik and Rosebrook connected for two block assists respectively.
The Storm carried the momentum of the third set of the Davenport match into their match against McKendree, although the Bearcats won with a final score of 3-1. The second set of the match went to extra points and ended with a final score of 35-33 in favor of McKendree. The Storm built upon the ultra-marathon second set to earn a win in the third, holding the Bearcats to only 15 points. The Storm recorded a hitting percentage of .452 and earned 16 kills and committed only two errors in the third set of the match, but McKendree bounced back in the final set and secured the win after holding the Storm to 18 points.
Leading the Storm offensively was freshman Dora Olah, recording 13 kills on 20 attempts and committing only three hitting errors (.500 hitting percentage). Freshman Taylor Metzler added 12 kills and a hitting percentage of .333 to the second match of the tournament for the Storm. Senior Hallie Zumack returned to play, earning a double-double (12 assists and 11 kills) in her second appearance back in nine matches. Senior Moe Briggs recorded 13 digs and one reception on defense as the starting libero. Lake Erie did well blocking against McKendree, connecting for 12 block assists and one solo block. Junior Courtney Rosebrook was the best blocker of the day, finishing with six blocks total.
The Storm won over the William Jewell College Cardinals with a final score of 3-1. Final set scores for the match were 25-23, 25-13, 13-25, and 25-22. William Jewell ended with a 2-1 record at the Crossover, representing the GLVC. The Cardinals finished the tournament in the list of top 25 teams at the tournament in hitting percentage, but the Storm held them to hit .110, their worst of the tournament, with a second set hitting percentage in which they hit negative (.49).
Storm junior Courtney Rosebrook led the team offensively with 16 kills on 26 attempts and only committed three errors to finish her tournament with a .500 percentage. Freshman Taylor Metzler was not far behind, adding 11 kills and 12 digs for her fifth double-double of the 2019 season. Senior Moe Briggs dug out 18 balls defensively with one reception. Setter Alexandria Becerra added 13 digs and 22 assists, recording her third double-double of the season.
The host conference, GLVC, finished with a record of 28-20 for the Crossover. Ranked GLVC teams include AVCA no. 17 ranked Rockhurst, no. 10 ranked Lewis, and U. Indy, who have received 13 votes to be included in the AVCA poll. The GLIAC finished with a final record of 24-13 at the Crossover. Ranked teams include no. 24 ranked Michigan Tech, no. 13 ranked Ferris St.
The G-MAC was underwhelming at the Crossover, earning 10 wins and 29 losses as a conference. There is one G-MAC team included in the AVCA poll. Hillsdale College, seeded first in G-MAC this weekend, is currently ranked 16th in the nation. Three G-MAC teams finished with winning records this weekend. Hillsdale earned wins over Rockhurst (3-0) and Saginaw Valley (3-0), but lost to Lewis (3-2), Cedarville earned wins over Bellarmine (3-1) and Northern Michigan (3-2), but fell to Michigan Tech (3-1). Kentucky Wesleyan finished 2-1 as well this weekend, earning wins over Northwoods (3-2) and Quincy (3-2), and fell to Southern Indiana (3-2).
The Storm is headed to Canton for two matches on October 25 and 26 against Walsh and Malone to start the last part of their regular season in G-MAC competition before the tournament. All Storm volleyball games are broadcast on the Great Midwest Digital Network whether they are home or away.