July 29, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College volleyball team became more complete this week with the addition of sophomore walk-on athlete, Marissa Lies (pronounced “Lease”).

A defensive specialist or libero, Lies is a 2013 graduate of Murphysboro High School. She played her freshman year at Blackhawk East Community College in Kewanee, but decided she would stick closer to home this fall.

“I met with Coach (Bill) Burnside and am pretty excited about the opportunity to continue my volleyball career,” Lies said. “Logan has a good team – a good program – and I know several of the girls on the team, which helps, too.”

Lies is one of four former Red Devils on the Vols’ squad. Others include: sophomores Jessica Stanton and Audrey Vaughn and freshman Kierra Nolan.

“It’s like we’re Murphysboro East over here,” said Logan head coach Bill Burnside. “I guess we ought to be wearing red instead of blue.”

Lies will compete for playing time on the back row with an accomplished veteran, Marion sophomore, Erin Dodd.

“I just want to help out wherever I can,” Lies said.

Bill Burnside said Lies improves the team’s depth.

“Marissa gives us a little added defense. I think we’re a good fit for her and she for us,” he said. “With the libero position, you need someone who is good at controlling the ball all the time. Marissa is a very good passer and is tenacious on defense. She was a full-time starter for Blackhawk last year, so she has a lot of experience. We expect her to come in and compete for that position right away.”