September 6, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Sophomore outside hitter Audrey Vaughn of Murphysboro collected a team-high 29 kills Saturday to lead the John A. Logan College volleyball team to a three-team tournament championship on the home floor.

The Vols first disposed of Lindenwood-Belleville University’s junior varsity squad in straight sets: 25-11, 25-19, 25-16 and then rallied to beat McKendree University’s jayvees: 14-25, 26-24, 25-23, 23-25, 15-10.

Vaughn also played well defensively, registering 20 digs. Sophomore setter Megan Martin was tops in assists with 45 on the day. Sophomore middle hitter Morgan Corn contributed 18 kills, a team-high eight blocks and three service aces.

Freshman outside hitter Carly Callahan checked in with 14 kills. Sophomore middle hitter Jessica Stanton notched 11 kills and four blocks. Sophomore rightside hitter Catherine Price tacked on six kills in a reserve role. Sophomore defensive specialist Erin Dodd led the way in digs with 24.

Freshman middle hitter Kierra Nolan had to sit out Saturday’s match with a left elbow injury.

Vols head coach Bill Burnside was pleased to beat McKendree and earn a tournament title.

“It was an interesting day. We had to change up the lineup several times to make some momentum changes, especially against McKendree,” he said. “But it was good to see the girls fight through things. We pushed through the adversity and pulled out the win.”

Burnside said the second set was the turning point when the Vols rallied to win by two points.

“That second game definitely turned the momentum around for us,” Burnside said. “We had been trying to run a 6-2 system with two setters, but for whatever reason in that first game, we were making too many hitting errors and weren’t being aggressive at the net. We had to go to a 5-1 system with the same setter (Martin) out there in Game 2 and try to get into a rhythm. Fortunately, the strategy paid off this time.”

Now 7-2 overall, Logan returns to the hardwood at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at home against Rend Lake.

“It’s hard to tell which lineup I’ll need to use, but it’s good to know that I’ve got a bunch of girls that can come in and make an impact,” Burnside said. “Rend Lake is greatly improved talent-wise from years past, so there may be quite a challenge from them. We’re going to have to come ready to play.”