October 22, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CENTRALIA – The John A. Logan College volleyball team played competitively, but couldn’t win a single set at Kaskaskia Wednesday night with a Great Rivers Athletic Conference title on the line, falling 25-23, 25-14, 25-22.

The champion Blue Angels improved to 8-1 in the league, while the Volunteers fall to 7-2.

A pair of freshmen paced the Logan offense in defeat. Outside hitter Annie Wehrheim of Woodlawn and middle hitter Cheyenne Pitchford of Sesser each recorded nine kills and two blocks.

Sophomore rightside hitter Chynna Byars and freshman Annie Lietz tacked on six kills apiece. Sophomore middle hitter Kierra Nolan of Murphysboro contributed four kills and a team-high four blocks.

Sophomore outside hitter Carly Callahan of Carterville led the team in defensive digs with 10. Freshman setter Caroline Rogers led in assists with 20 and in service aces with two. Sophomore setter Christy Hayden added 11 assists.

Vols head coach Bill Burnside was disappointed with his team’s performance.

“Kaskaskia played really well here on their home court,” he said. “We played good volleyball, I guess, but they played better. We were having a hard time putting the ball to the floor as they were keeping every ball alive it seemed.”

Burnside said the Vols played competitively in both the first and third sets, but couldn’t close out the victory either time.

“We led by as many as four points in those two sets,” he said. “We just weren’t quite aggressive enough to get by them. And we didn’t get enough blocks at the net. It’s just unfortunate.”

Now 19-8 overall, the Vols compete in a non-conference tournament at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo. Saturday. They conclude conference play Wednesday in Belleville at Southwestern Illinois College.