October 15, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

INA - The John A. Logan College volleyball team shook off a tough conference loss last week to Lake Land with a three-game sweep of host Rend Lake, Wednesday: 25-17, 25-23, 25-20.

 

With the win, the Volunteers improve to 6-2 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 16-7 overall. The Warriors fall to 1-7 in league play and 2-25 overall.

 

JALC jumped out to a big lead in the opening set largely behind the play of sophomore middle hitter Morgan Corn, who recorded five of her seven kills.

 

The Vols fell behind by as many as six points (16-10) in the second set before rallying. Sophomore outside hitter Audrey Vaughn had a kill and follow-up service ace. Freshman middle hitter Kierra Nolan had a kill and block. Corn registered another kill. Sophomore rightside hitter Lauren Person  and Vaughn added kills to close out the comeback.

 

In the third and final set, the Vols bolted to an 11-3 lead and were never headed. Freshmen Carly Callahan and Chynna Byars played a strong game at the net to pace the offense.

 

Logan head coach Bill Burnside was pleased with his team's performance.

 

"It was definitely a more challenging match than what we experienced at our place against Rend Lake," he said. "They got some girls back healthy and it made a big difference tonight. I thought they played loose and free with nothing to lose. It made us work harder to win."

 

JALC was led in kills by Callahan with nine. Vaughn contributed eight. Corn and Byars followed with seven each.

 

Corn led the team in blocks with four. Sophomore setter Megan Martin was tops in assists with 18 and service aces with two. Sophomore defensive specialist Erin Dodd notched a team-high 15 digs. Callahan chipped in 11.

 

"We don't have many games left on our regular-season schedule. We'd love to be able to get to 20 wins and solidifiy our second-place standing in the conference," Burnside said. "In order to do that, we have to take care of business at home the next two weeks against Kaskaskia and Southwestern Illinois. We have to come ready to play and make them pay a price to beat us."

 

Logan hosts Kaskaskia at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.