November 8, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA – The John A. Logan College volleyball team played well Saturday, but not well enough as the Volunteers fell in District Tournament play on the campus of Iowa Western to Great Rivers Athletic Conference rival, Lake Land College, of Mattoon.

The Vols lost in five excruciating sets: 22-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-20, 13-15. Logan actually led 12-9 in the final set before succumbing to the Lakers.

Freshman outside hitter Annie Wehrheim led the offense with 12 kills. Sophomore middle hitter Kierra Nolan and sophomore outside hitter Carly Callahan followed with nine kills each. Sophomore rightside hitter Chynna Byars enjoyed a productive day with eight kills and a team-high six blocks.

Nolan recorded five blocks. Callahan collected three blocks and nine defensive digs. Tops in digs was freshman libero Ali Amici with 18.

Sophomore setter Christy Hayden accounted for 19 assists to lead the team. She also contributed 13 digs.

“It was just a disappointing ending to a solid year,” said Vols head coach Bill Burnside of his ballclub, which closes out the fall season at 20-12. “After a slow start, we worked our way into the match with Lake Land and won the third and fourth sets. We had victory in sight with a three-point lead only to make several unforced errors to lose the set and the match.”

Burnside said it was tough to see his team play well against both Iowa Western and Lake Land, but come away with nothing to show for it.

“It’s hard to take, especially for our sophomores,” he said. “I am proud of the way those girls (Callahan, Nolan, Byars, Hayden and Lincoln Brasel) competed this weekend. It’s sad they will not get a payoff for their hard work.”