September 25, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

BELLEVILLE - Sophomore right side hitter Lauren Person stepped up her game late to help rally the John A. Logan College volleyball team to a five-set win over host Southwestern Illinois Wednesday.

The Volunteers won each of the first two sets by the score of 25-19, dropped the third set 25-12 and the fourth set 25-22 before nudging out a two-point win in the final set, 15-13.

Person twice tied the game in the fifth set with kills at 11 and 13. Sophomore outside hitter Audrey Vaughn recorded the kill to give Logan a 14-13 lead and then it was Vaughn and freshman Kierra Nolan teaming up for a block to earn the deciding point.

Vaughn led the team with 14 kills. Carly Callahan followed with 12. Morgan Corn contributed seven kills and Person had six. 

Sophomore setter Megan Martin dished out 24 assists while freshman teammate, Christy Hayden, added 14. Sophomore Erin Dodd notched a team-high 21 digs. Callahan netted 19 digs and Vaughn chipped in 16. Nolan was tops in blocks with five. Martin was tops in service aces with three.

"We tightened up offensively and let them get back in the game," said Vols head coach Bill Burnside. "There was really no reason for that."

Burnside was pleased with Person's late-match heroics.

"Lauren really did save us. She had a couple of trouble balls, sets that weren't the greatest, but she managed to get kills at key times in that fifth and final set. I was really proud of the way she played tonight. Without her effort, we would't have won the match."

With the win, Logan improves to 4-1 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 12-4 overall. SWIC falls to 2-2 int he league and 5-6 overall.

The Vols have the weekend off and then head back on the road Wednesday evening at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson.