October 23, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Balanced scoring proved to be the difference Wednesday as the John A. Logan College volleyball team strolled to a four-set win over visiting Kaskaskia College, 25-17, 22-25, 25-12, 25-19.

With the win, the Volunteers improve to 7-2 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 20-8 overall. The Blue Angels fall to 5-4 in league play, 15-11 overall.

“I thought we played efficient volleyball for the most part,” said Logan head coach Bill Burnside. “We got a little down on ourselves in that second set, but came roaring back in the last two sets to put the match away. I thought the difference was our blocks at the net. Kierra Nolan (freshman middle hitter from Murphysboro) was especially on her game tonight and led us in blocks with 11. When we get that kind of production from Kiarra, that’s a pretty good sign for our team.”

Sophomore middle hitter Morgan Corn from Benton led the Vols’ offense with 10 kills. Freshman outside hitter Carly Callahan (Carterville) followed with nine. Three other teammates hit for eight kills in Audrey Vaughn, Chynna Byars and Nolan.

Sophomore libero Erin Dodd (Marion) led the defense with 32 digs. Sophomore setter Megan Martin was tops in assists with 35. Freshman Christy Hayden contributed seven assists in a reserve role.

“There are a couple of games we would like to have back, especially the one at home against Lake Land a couple of weeks ago, but overall, it’s hard to be upset when you have a 20-win season,” Burnside said. “It would be nice if we could finish the regular season on a positive note next week at home against Southwestern Illinois and then pull a surprise or two at the District meet. The good news is that we have continued to improve.”