September 11, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Sophomore middle hitter Morgan Corn posted 11 kills and four blocks for points Wednesday to lead the John A. Logan College volleyball team to a straight-set win over visiting Rend Lake: 25-10, 25-15, 25-15.

With the win, the Vols improve to 2-1 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 8-2 overall. The Warriors fall to 1-10 overall, 0-3 in the league.

“It’s always challenging to play Rend Lake. They get good support down here,” said Logan head coach Bill Burnside. “And we always play a little bit nervous against them because we know a lot of their girls. It’s nice to play well tonight.”

Burnside said Corn, a Benton native, was the driving force in the match.

“Morgan has been very reliable for us all season and appears to be getting more comfortable with the middle-hitter’s role. She blocks the ball. She can hit it. And what I like is that she plays hard and sets a good example for her teammates.”

Corn finished the game with a team-high 11 kills. She added a team-high four blocks. Fellow sophomore, Audrey Vaughn of Murphysboro followed with five kills and added 10 digs defensively.

Tops in digs was sophomore libero, Erin Dodd of Marion, with 12. The leader in assists was sophomore Megan Martin with 14. She also added three service aces. Freshman Christy Hayden of Benton recorded 12 assists and nine digs.

Logan has the weekend off and returns to action at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Kaskaskia College in Centralia.

Burnside said the match will be a challenge.

“We’ve come a long way since we lost to them in a tournament to start the year. I think we have definitely made some improvement. We’re more organized and we’re playing more to our potential. Kaskaskia is a smart and experienced team. We will have to play hard and execute to beat them.”