March 27, 2014

JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College volleyball team grew deeper last week with the announced signing of Benton High School standout, Christy Hayden.

Hayden has the ability to play multiple positions on the floor, according to Vols head coach Bill Burnside.

“Christy is a versatile player. She has played outside hitter and setter at Benton for the last couple of years,” Burnside said. “That experience has prepared her to move her game to the next level.”

Burnside said Hayden is one of the premier prep players in the region.

“Logan’s athletic department has always attempted to bring in the best local talent,” he said. “Christy is one of several quality Southern Illinois kids who will be playing volleyball for me next school year. We previously signed Carly Callahan from Carterville, and soon hope to announce the signing of two other local players. You always want to bring in players who can contribute on the court and in the classroom. I feel good about Christy’s ability to be productive in both areas. It’s an excellent fit for our program.”

At Benton, Hayden was named The Southern Illinoisan Player of the Year this past fall. She was also selected River to River All-Conference and All-State.

“I’m extremely excited to play at Logan,” Hayden said. “It was my first choice all along. I know most of the players on the team. We’ve played club ball together.”

Hayden ranks third in Benton school history in kills for a season with 340 and is third all-time in career serves with 988. She has the eighth-most kills in school history over her career with 683 and is sixth in defensive digs with 853.

This past season, she set a new school record for service aces in a match with nine; in a season with 72; and for a career with 153.
Hayden said she has plans to major in elementary education.

Some information for this article was provided by Bruce Marsan with The Benton Evening News.