September 3, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

MATTOON - It was a valiant effort, but in the end, it was too much Cleuza Porto as the Lake Land College volleyball team swept three sets against visiting John A. Logan Wednesday evening.

An All-American outside hitter from Brazil, Porto dominated play both at the net and from the service line, recording 20 kills and 10 service aces. The Lakers won by the scores of 25-21, 25-23 and 25-23.

The Volunteers led at various points in each set, including a four-point advantage at 19-15 in the third and final set before the Lakers rallied. 

"I felt like we did some really good things out there tonight. We just could't keep the ball in system enough," said Vols head coach Bill Burnside. "We gave away just enough points each game to get us in trouble. It's a real shame because our girls worked really hard. What it comes down to is that we just have to play a little cleaner, make fewer mistakes."

Sophomore outside hitter Audrey Vaughn of Murphysboro paced the Logan offense with seven kills. Fellow Murphysboro resident, freshman middle hitter Kierra Nolan, followed with six kills. Sophomore middle hitter Morgan Corn of Benton and sophomore middle hitter Jessica Stanton of Murphysboro added five kills each. Freshman outside hitter Carly Callahan of Carterville tacked on four kills.

Defensively, sophomore libero Erin Dodd of Marion was tops in digs with 11. Vaughn chipped in nine. Sophomore setter Megan Martin was tops in assists with 17. Freshman setter Christy Hayden of Benton added 10.

Burnside said Porto carries the Lakers.

"I don't want to take anything away from that team because they're a good team, but without her tonight, those games would't have even been close. She was scoring with her serve and every time they got in trouble, she would get a back row hit for a kill. She was a load, a lot to handle and I knew she would be. You can't totally stop somebody that good. You just have to hope to contain her."

The Lakers improve to 9-1 overall, 2-0 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. The Vols fall to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in league play. Logan hosts a three-team tournament with McKendree and Lindenwood-Belleville universities Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Next league match is at 6:30 Wednesday at home against Rend Lake.