The Tornado netters struggled early on in their home tourney on Saturday, but the girls bounced back to win their final three matches and claim third overall.
"We got off to a slow start again," said SL head coach Kim Johnson. "We weren't communicating and our passes were not to the setter. As the day progressed, we played much better. Our passes were better and we were able to run a quicker offense, which has been our style of volleyball this year."
In their first match, SL fell to Cherokee 21-23 and 15-21. The Tornadoes played stronger in the second match, but they still fell to eventual champion Spirit Lake 23-21, 16-21, and 9-15.
By the third match, Storm Lake was back in top form as they breezed past ELC 21-19 and 21-6. Emmetsburg was a bit more of challenge, but not enough as the Tornadoes won 11-21, 21-16, and 15-6.
The consolation match pitted Storm Lake against the E-Hawks yet again with the same end result, 25-14 and 25-15.
Spirit Lake topped Cherokee 25-18 and 25-22 in the championship game.
Cassie Meylor earned all tournament team honors for her efforts on Saturday.
"Now our attention turns to Spencer on Tuesday," said Johnson. "Currently, we are tied with them for fourth place in the conference and our match is the only one remaining to be played. The winner will tie for third with LeMars and the loser will finish fifth in the Lakes."
Storm Lake's 17-11 mark is their best since 1984's 23-win team. Matches are set to begin at 5:30PM.