October 11, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

SPRINGFIELD - The  John A. Logan College volleyball team bounced back from a bad start to the week with four consecutive wins this weekend to capture the Lincoln Land College Invitational.

The Volunteers (18-7) opened with a win over Sauk Valley (25-19. 24-26, 25-22, 12-25, 15-12) and tacked on wins against Kishwaukee (25-20, 25-20, 25-22); Kankakee (25-20, 25-19, 25-18); and Harper (25-13, 24-26, 25-18, 20-25, 15-8).

Pacing the offensive attack was freshman outside hitter Annie Wehrheim of Woodlawn. She recorded 51 kills or 13 per match. She also contributed 14 blocks and nine digs on defense.

Sophomore outside hitter Carly Callahan of Carterville followed with 29 kills, three blocks, a stunning 62 digs, and three service aces.

Sophomore middle hitter Cheyenne Pitchford of Sesser accounted for 18 kills, 25 blocks, and nine digs. 

Sophomore rightside hitter Chynna Byars of Geff notched 16 kills, 17 blocks, and 14 digs, while sophomore middle hitter Kierra Nolan of Murphysboro chipped in 16 kills and 15 blocks.

Freshman rightside hitter Annie Lietz of Nashville added 13 kills, seven blocks and 44 digs.

Freshman setter Caroline Rogers led the team in assists with 87 and added 21 digs. 

Sophomore setter Christy Hayden of Benton returned from a hand injury to post 50 assists and 31 digs.

Freshman libero Ali Amici checked in with 60 digs and three service aces.

"Overall, I thought the girls played well this weekend," said Vols seventh-year head coach Bill Burnside. "We have been dealing with ongoing injuries that have slowed us down for the past week or so. Getting Christy Hayden back allowed us to play our preferred 6-2 offense and that made a considerable difference in the outcome of our matches."

Burnside added that the win over Sauk Valley was especially pleasing as that team is ranked No. 11 in the nation in Division II. 

"I thought we re-established some momentum after losses earlier this week at Mineral Area and Lake Land."

Logan hosts Rend Lake at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in a Great Rivers Athletic Conference match.