November 7, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA – The John A. Logan College volleyball team fell in three straight sets to the nation’s fourth-ranked Reivers of Iowa Western Community College Friday evening: 25-10, 25-22, 25-22 in second-round play of the District Tournament.

Logan is scheduled to play at noon today against Lake Land in consolation bracket play. If the Vols win, they would meet Kaskaskia. All three schools are members of the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.

“We actually were very competitive with Iowa Western tonight, even with our best hitter (freshman outside hitter Annie Wehrheim) playing at half speed,” said Vols head coach Bill Burnside. “If she had been 100 percent, who knows what we could have done.”

Burnside said he thought his team did the best it could against the tournament’s top seed.

“It was a balanced effort,” he said. “Practically everyone made contributions. I felt like we competed very well with one of the top teams in the nation and had a chance to win the second or third games.

“Unfortunately, we were not able to close out those games. If we can build on this effort Saturday, we will have a chance to advance past our region rivals (Lake Land and Kaskaskia) and maybe get another shot at either Iowa Western or Indian Hills (Iowa team ranked No. 5 in the country).”

Logan was led defensively by freshman libero Ali Amici’s 11 digs. Freshman setter Caroline Rogers was tops in assists with 13. Sophomore middle hitter Kierra Nolan of Murphysboro had six kills and three blocks. Wehrheim also chipped in six kills.

Sophomore outside hitter Carly Callahan of Carterville contributed four kills and nine digs. Freshman middle hitter Cheyenne Pitchford of Sesser recorded four kills and four blocks.