August 28, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College volleyball team swept past the Lady Statesmen of Lincoln Trail College in three sets Wednesday night, 25-9, 25-11, 25-13.

The Volunteers improve to 5-1 overall, 1-0 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. Lincoln Trail, competing in volleyball for the first time in more than 20 years, falls to 0-1 in league play and overall.

“We played OK. We have to play a lot, lot better than we did tonight in order to have a successful season,” said Vols head coach Bill Burnside. “I saw some good things from the girls at times, but I hope we bring a lot more to the floor next week at Lake Land.”

Burnside said Lincoln Trail put up a fight.

“It’s just going to take some time before they can get the program where they want it to be, so what we did tonight (winning the match in three straight sets) is the least I expected us to do.”

With nearly the entire team seeing playing time, sophomore outside hitter Audrey Vaughn of Murphysboro was tops in kills with five. She added three service aces.

“We played great at times, but we still have a lot of team building to do,” Vaughn said. “Tonight, it was kind of hard to stay focused. But as sophomores, we have to keep everyone motivated and upbeat no matter who we are playing. This team has so much potential. We just have to keep working hard to improve.”

Sophomore middle hitter Morgan Corn of Benton chipped in four kills.

Sophomore setter Megan Martin contributed 16 assists. Sophomore libero Erin Dodd led the defense with six digs and added two aces.

Sophomore middle hitter Jessica Stanton recorded four kills and two blocks.

Freshman outside hitter Carly Callahan had to sit out the match with an undisclosed injury.

The Vols have the weekend off and return to action at Lake Land College in Mattoon at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Next home matches are set for Saturday, Sept. 6 when Logan hosts a three-team tournament involving Lindenwood Belleville and McKendree. Starting times are at 11 and 3.