October 15, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College volleyball team swept three sets from visiting Rend Lake Wednesday evening on Sophomore Night: 25-6, 25-16, 15-13.

With the win, the Volunteers remain in first place in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and move to 19-7 overall. The Warriors slide to 1-8 in the league, 2-28 overall.

Logan received strong play at the net from sophomore middle hitter Kierra Nolan of Murphysboro with seven kills and 11 blocks.

Freshman outside hitter Annie Wehrheim of Woodlawn led the team in kills with nine and added five blocks.

Freshman setter Caroline Rogers led the team in assists with 18. Sophomore rightside hitter Chynna Byars contributed six kills and five blocks.

Sophomore setter Christy Hayden of Benton chipped in 11 assists and two service aces.

Fellow soph, Carly Callahan of Carterville led the team in defensive digs with 10 and also had two kills.

Sophomore middle hitter Lincoln Brasel got a rare start and recorded five blocks. Freshman libero Ali Amici had nine digs.

“It felt great to get a chance to start tonight,” Brasel said. “I think our blocking was a lot better and I think we worked together better as a team.”

Byars said the Vols did what they had to do on the home floor in beating the Warriors.

“I thought our ball control was a lot better tonight. As for me, I feel like my blocking has gotten a lot better. I have learned quite a bit these last two years. We’re playing in system well right now and I think that can lead to a lot more success in the games ahead.”

Seventh-year head coach Bill Burnside liked what he saw of his team Wednesday.

“We had a very efficient night tonight with the way we were running our offense,” he said. “Rend Lake was definitely off its game. We were very fortunate to start off well and maintain our momentum. I have nothing to complain about. I think Sophomore Night always energizes us a little bit.”

The Vols play at Kaskaskia College next Wednesday in what looks to be a battle for the conference championship.