Logan Spikers Win Eighth Straight; Knock Off Kaskaskia in Five Sets
September 17, 2015
BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services
CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College volleyball team channeled their parents’ appreciation of fine ‘70’s rock music and made like The Eagles Wednesday, “Taking it to the limit” in a five-set win over visiting Kaskaskia: 25-19, 18-25, 25-19, 22-25, 18-16.
Trailing 13-6 in the final set, the Blue Angels rallied and actually took a 16-15 lead over Logan before freshman Annie Wehrheim of Woodlawn got the side out for the Vols with a ferocious kill on the left side.
“Annie’s a very aggressive hitter and a very smart hitter,” said Logan head coach Bill Burnside. “She makes some occasional mistakes, but I like the way she goes after her hits. She makes a lot of plays at the net for us, and that’s exactly what we needed tonight.”
Logan went on to add the next two points to close out the hard-fought victory.
“It was very competitive. We knew it was going to be a tough match,” Burnside said. “Kaskaskia is a little more experienced than us. They have been tested more this season and it showed in the end. But as was the case against Lake Land, we found a way to pull it out.”
Wehrheim, an outside hitter, led the Vols in kills with 20. She also collected 12 defensive digs and two service aces.
Sophomore middle hitter Kierra Nolan of Murphysboro tacked on nine kills and a team-high five blocks. Sophomore Carly Callahan of Carterville contributed four kills and 12 digs.
Freshman setter Caroline Rogers led the team in assists with 24. Freshman libero Ali Amici was tops in digs with 22.
Sophomore setter Christy Hayden of Benton said she thought the Vols played well when it counted.
“When they came back on us in that fifth set, we had the mindset that we had to keep pushing and not give up, no matter what.”
Logan has now won eighth straight matches and stands a perfect 4-0 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 8-3 overall.
“Winning this match tonight the way we did is something I think we can build on for the future,” Burnside said.
The Vols will compete in the Harper College Tournament this weekend. Next conference match is at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday at home against Southwestern Illinois.
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