August 24, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

KANKAKEE - The John A. Logan College volleyball team enjoyed a solid start to the new season this weekend with four wins in five attempts at the Kankakee Invitational Tournament.

The Volunteers claimed match victories over McHenry (27-25, 25-20, 25-22) and Kankakee (28-30, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20) on Friday and then went two of three on Saturday, losing to Great Rivers Athletic Conference rival, Kaskaskia (20-25, 17-25, 20-25), before bouncing back to crush Joliet (25-14, 25-15, 25-10) and Malcolm X (25-9, 25-10, 25-9).

Sophomore outside hitter Audrey Vaughn of Murphysboro led team in kills for the tourney with 35. Carly Callahan, a freshman outside hitter from Carterville, followed with 23 kills and 25 digs. Sophomore middle hitter Morgan Corn of Benton checked in with 15 kills and added six blocks.

Sophomore setter Megan Martin (Mount Vernon, Ind.) was tops in assists with 69 and contributed 32 digs defensively along with eight service aces.

Sophomore defensive specialist Erin Dodd of Marion paced the defense with 52 digs and netted 10 aces.

Freshman middle hitter Kierra Nolan of Murphysboro had a team-high 11 blocks.

"It was a respectable start to our season," said JALC head coach Bill Burnside. "Our girls showed some toughness in some tight spots and pulled out several close games. We have a lot of new faces on the team this season, including six freshmen and two transfers. Getting on the same page and in system will be the key to our future success. This weekend was a good start, but we have much work to do."