October 6, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

PARK HILLS, MO. – The John A. Logan College volleyball team dropped a non-conference match at Mineral Area College Monday, falling in four sets: 23-25, 12-25, 27-25, 22-25.

Freshman outside hitter Annie Wehrheim of Woodlawn paced the offense for the Vols with 12 kills. She also contributed two service aces and 11 defensive digs.

Sophomore middle hitter Kierra Nolan of Murphysoboro led the team in blocks with seven and added five kills. Freshman defensive specialist Ali Amici was tops in digs with 17.

Freshman setter Caroline Rogers led in assists with 34 and chipped in six digs. Freshman middle hitter Cheyenne Pitchford of Sesser collected eight kills.

“Unfortunately, injuries played a large role in this match,” said Vols head coach Bill Burnside. “During practice earlier in the day, one of our setters (sophomore Christy Hayden of Benton) suffered an injury that took her out of the match. This forced a system change at the last minute, which made it difficult for us to be in rhythm last night. We also had two other critical players (Wehrheim and Amici) returning from a week out with injuries. They were also not as game tough as was needed last night. It was a challenging situation and we didn’t overcome it.”

Now 14-6 overall, Logan travels to Lake Land College in Mattoon Wednesday in a key Great Rivers Athletic Conference match.

“We still have a lot to prove on the road,” he said. “We have been very successful at home, but we have not been as sharp away from our own gym. We have to show the ability to be as resilient during these upcoming road conference matches as we have been at home.”