(CANTON, Ohio) – Lake Erie bounced back from Friday's defeat in a five-set thriller with a 3-2 victory over Malone at Osborne Hall Saturday afternoon. The Storm (8-16, 2-4) took down the Pioneers (8-17, 2-5) by scores of 26-24, 25-23, 13-25, 19-25, and 15-11.
The first almost seemed like it was foreshadowing how the day would play out as it saw Lake Erie jump out to a big lead only to see Malone climb its way back in before the Storm finally hammered the game away. With the opening set knotted up at 11-11 thanks to a Paige Allen (RS-So., Pontiac, Michigan) kill, the Green and White went on a 13-5 run to set up game point at 24-16.
The Pioneers rallied to win the next eight points, but a kill by Maria Blatnik and a Pioneer error gave the Storm the first set.
The second set flipped the script and saw Malone jump out to a 16-11 lead, but Lake Erie was the one to rally and tie the set at 16-16. Another Blatnik kill later tied it at 22-22 as the Storm eventually took a 2-0 lead with four of the last five points.
After Malone took the third and fourth sets to tie it up, Lake Erie finished off the Pioneers as it scored five of the last six points down the stretch to secure the victory.
"We came out of the gates playing really well winning the first two sets. Then Malone raised their level and we didn't match them," said Head Coach Kyle Peck. "But we scratched and clawed and won a gutsy fifth set. But I'd rather win ugly than lose pretty."
Taylor Metzler (Fr., Lewis Center, Ohio) led the offense with 11 kills and recorded a double-double with 15 digs. Courtney Rosebrook (Jr., Deshler, Ohio) added 10 kills with an impressive hitting percentage of .304.
Defensively Moe Briggs (Sr., Cadillac, Michigan) picked up 30 attacks while Hallie Zumack (Sr., Independence, Ohio) added 13. Zumack also set up the offense along with Alexandria Becerra (RS-So., San Antonio, Texas) with each tallying 20 assists.
The Storm will return to action a week from today when they head just down the road to Pepper Pike to take on rival Ursuline. First serve with the Arrows is set for 5 p.m. with coverage available on the Great Midwest Digital Network.