November 7, 2014

Logan Media Services

MATTOON - The seeds played out to form Friday as the John A. Logan College volleyball team split its first two matches at the District Tournament hosted by Lake Land College.

The No. 4 Vols first dispatched No. 5 Marshalltown, Iowa (25-15, 25-19, 24-26, 25-12). Sophomore outside hitter Audrey Vaughn of Murphysboro led the way in kills with 14. She was also impressive defensively, recording 15 digs. Freshman outside hitter Carly Callahan of Carterville followed with eight kills. Sophomore middle hitter Morgan Corn added seven.

Freshman middle hitter Kierra Nolan of Murphysboro was tops in blocks with eight. Sophomore libero Erin Dodd of Marion was tops in defensive digs with 17. Sophomore setter Megan Martin of Mount Vernon, Ind. led the team in assists with 21 and service aces with three.

In the nightcap, top-seeded Iowa Western blew past Logan in three sets: 25-17, 25-11, 25-13. The Vols held two-point leads early in the first two sets, but were unable to build on their advantages.

Sophomore reserve outside hitter Catherine Price of Winona, Mo. led the team in kills with four.

"I thought we played very well against Marshalltown," said JALC head coach Bill Burnside. "We only had one game where we let them get back in the match, but overall, I thought we played solid volleyball. We passed well. We served well and stayed in system offensively.

"Once we got to Iowa Western, it was a whole new ballgame," he said. "Athletically, they're off the charts and very skilled. There's a reason why they're the No. 1 team in the nation. I told the girls it would be a challenge to stay tough and focused through it. We managed to do that for one game and then kind of broke down after that. We need to rebound from that effort Saturday."

The Vols are scheduled to face Kaskaskia at noon today in consolation bracket play. The Blue Angels lost their opening-round match to Indian Hills of Ottumwa, Iowa. Logan won both conference matches against Kaskaskia. Should the Vols win, they would face the winner of Lake Land/Marshalltown at 2 p.m.
If Logan wins both matches, they would advance to Sunday's championship round of three teams.