October 29, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

BELLEVILLE - The John A. Logan College volleyball team earned its 20th win of the fall season Wednesday, defeating host Southwestern Illinois in four sets: 25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21.

The Volunteers thus conclude the regular season with an 8-2 mark in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference, good for second place, and a 20-11 overall mark with postseason play beginning next week.
Freshman outside hitter Annie Wehrheim of Woodlawn paced the Logan offense with 16 kills. She added one block and three defensive digs.

Sophomore outside hitter Carly Callahan of Carterville contributed eight kills to go along with 18 digs and four blocks in one of her better all-around matches of the season.

Freshman rightside hitter Annie Lietz of Nashville followed with seven kills, two blocks, 14 digs, and three service aces.

Sophomore rightside hitter Chynna Byars also checked in with seven kills and added three blocks.

Freshman setter Caroline Rogers was tops in assists with 24 and had five digs.

Sophomore setter Christy Hayden of Benton netted 19 assists and three digs.

Freshman middle hitter Cheyenne Pitchford of Sesser accounted for three kills and four blocks before leaving the match with an ankle sprain.

Sophomore middle hitter Kierra Nolan tacked on three kills and five blocks, while freshman libero Ali Amici chipped in 16 digs.

Vols head coach Bill Burnside said he's just glad to get back on the winning track.

"Tonight's win was much needed," he said. "We're scrambling around to put our game back together for some reason and this is a good starting point for us, but boy, we sure have a lot of work to do (in practice) before we get to Districts." 

Not to be overlooked was the play of sophomore middle hitter Lincoln Brasel, who relieved Pitchford and Nolan at times. She had two key kills in the fourth and final set, while assisting in a couple of blocks.

"Lincoln went in to try and pick us up, and she did a good job," Burnside said.

The seventh-year head coach said the 20-win total is no small feat.

"I think it's a nice accomplishment," he said. "Hopefully, we can go out and add a few more wins before we're done."