August 22, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

KANKAKEE - The John A. Logan College volleyball team opened the new season with two wins in five attempts at the Kankakee Invitational Tournament this weekend.

On Saturday, the Vols posted straight-set victories over Malcolm X (25-10, 25-11, 25-18) and Joliet (25-10, 25-10, 25-13) before falling to Great Rivers Athletic Conference foe, Kaskaskia (25-17, 18-25, 21-25, 22-25).

On Friday, Logan dropped a pair of matches, losing out to McHenry (17-25, 21-25 and 8-25), as well as to host Kankakee (22-25, 25-23, 25-22, 26-28, 7-15).

Freshman front-row hitter, Annie Wehrheim of Woodlawn, led the Vols offensively with 56 kills in the tourney. She also collected 11 blocks and 28 defensive digs.

Sophomore outside hitter Carly Callahan of Carterville followed with 27 kills and 48 digs. 

Sophomore rightside hitter Chynna Byars contributed 25 kills and nine blocks. 

Freshman Ali Amici recorded 56 digs to lead the team.

Sophomore setter Christy Hayden of Benton led the team in assists with 76 and added 20 digs.

Sophomore middle hitter Kierra Nolan of Murphysboro accounted for 17 kills and 10 blocks.

Freshman setter Caroline Rogers added 66 assists and 12 digs.

"No way around it, this was a disappointing weekend for us," said Logan's seventh-year head coach Bill Burnside. "We have what I feel is a talented team, but most of our players had a below-par performance. It's something I have to take responsbility for as a coach and make sure we are more prepared next time out."

Burnside did have praise for Wehrheim's play at the tournament.

"I thought Annie was the one true bright spot," he said. "She led us in kills and played very well at the net."

Now 2-3 overall, Logan opens the conference season at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson.