November 9, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

MATTOON - The John A. Logan College volleyball team put up a good fight Sunday, but saw its season come to an end in championship round play of the District D Tournament at Lake Land College.

The Volunteers fell in three consecutive sets to No. 2 seed, Indian Hills College of Ottumwa, Iowa, 25-21, 25-18, 25-20.

Logan led by as many as four points in each set, but was unable to sustain its advantage.

"It was frustrating in a sense that we were up in all three games," said Vols head coach Bill Burnside. "We just couldn't close the deal.  Indian Hills is a big, strong, aggressive team. For the most part, we handled their power hits at the net, just not the tips. They did a surprisingly good job of dinking the ball over our front line."

Burnside said he felt the Vols should have won at least one game.

"I thought so. That's what makes this loss so frustrating," he said. "But give them credit. They played well, especially on the defensive end. They made it hard for us to get the ball to the floor against them."

Sophomore outside hitter Audrey Vaughn led Logan with eight kills on the day. Freshman outside hitter Carly Callahan accounted for six.

The Vols finished the tourney 3-2 and was the last Region 24 school standing. Logan put together a 24-10 overall record.

"It's hard at this point to step back and let today go, but I thought we did play well here at the tournament," Burnside said. "I think we showed the quality of team that we have. I am very proud of our girls. They represented Logan well."

Graduating from the team are sophomores Erin Dodd, Megan Martin, Morgan Corn, Lauren Person, Catherine Price and Vaughn.

Returning next year are freshmen Christy Hayden, Kierra Nolan, Chynna Byars, Lincoln Brasel, Shelby McGarvey and Callahan.