Lakota West Junior Sophia Schivone (’18), daughter of Joe and Cindy Schivone, recently made a commitment to further her education and continue playing volleyball at Lake Erie College. The 6’0″ outside hitter plans to major in international business.
“I absolutely loved everything about Lake Erie. I loved the team, coaches, and the campus. I couldn’t picture myself anywhere else. I honestly didn’t think that I was going to play in college. I visited some schools over the summer and I didn’t really like them, so it made me think I wouldn’t like playing in college. When I visited Lake Erie my perspective totally changed, and now I know I just needed to find the right fit,” said Schivone.
Schivone has been a three year starter at Lakota West and was 2nd team All-GMC as a sophomore. She’s a versatile player who can hit out of all positions and play 6 rotations, but she still sees room for improvement in her game. “One thing I will definitely focus on in the next year is improving my strength,” said Schivone.
“Lake Erie will be a great fit for Sophia. Sophia is a very talented player with a quick approach and fast arm swing. She is a good blocker who has the ability to shut down a team. Her serve frustrates opponents. She is excited about playing at the next level,” said Lakota West Volleyball Coach Tracey Kornau.
Schivone visited the college on March 17th, spent the day with the team and did an overnight. Lake Erie Head Coach Kevin Foeman had seen Schivone play at a club tournament last year and invited her for the visit. Schivone credits her parents with helping her through the recruiting process. “They were constantly encouraging me and taking me to different schools and showcases,” said Schivone.
Lake Erie College is located in Painesville, Ohio. It’s a member of NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Storm finished 19-16 last season.