September 20, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

PALATINE - The John A. Logan College volleyball team won two matches and lost two at the Harper College Invitational this weekend.

The Volunteers earned wins over South Suburban (25-20, 25-17, 25-20) and Illinois Valley (25-21, 25-19, 25-20) while losing heartbreakers to Harper (25-17, 26-24, 19-25, 11-25, 8-15) and Waubonsee (21-25, 25-21, 25-21, 23-25, 10-15).

"We played four matches in a very short amount of time this weekend," said Logan head coach Bill Burnside. "Several girls played every minute of every game. I was very proud of that group. They pushed through the fatigue and fought through several close matches.

"Unfortunately, we let two close matches slip from our grasp, especially the Harper match," Burnside said. "We were playing some excellent volleyball against them through the first two games, but let the crowd into the match, and emotionally, they turned the match around in the third game. We fought, but ultimately lost our focus and were unable to regain our form."

Burnside said the tournament was designed to test his team against consistently good competition.

"These are teams that don't beat themselves with errors," he said. "We found that there are areas of our game that have to be more solid for us to pull out these tight, competitive matches."

Three Vols recorded more than 30 kills to help lead the offense. Freshman outside hitter Carly Callahan of Carterville was tops with 39. Sophomore outside hitter Audrey Vaughn of Murphysboro was one back with 38. And sophomore middle hitter Morgan Corn of Benton was solid with 33 points off spikes.

Sophomore setter Megan Martin led in assists with 87. Sophomore libero Erin Dodd of Marion paced the defense with 89 digs. Vaughn, Martin and Callahan combined for 134 digs.

Freshman middle hitter Kierra Nolan of Murphysboro contributed 20 kills and a team-high 22 blocks. Corn followed with 14 blocks.

Martin led the team in service aces with eight and Corn chipped in five.

JALC, now 11-4 overall, resumes Great Rivers Athletic Conference play at 6:30 Wednesday at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.