September 24, 2015

Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College volleyball team took care of business on the home front Wednesday, dispatching Southwestern Illinois in three consecutive sets: 25-18, 27-25, 25-14.

With the victory, the Volunteers improve to 5-0 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and are now 11-5 overall. The Blue Storm fall to 2-3 in the league and 10-7 overall.

“I thought this was a really big win for us tonight,” said JALC sophomore middle hitter Kierra Nolan of Murphysboro. “This keeps us in first place in both the conference and Region 24. We just have to keep pushing. There’s still a long way to go.”

Nolan finished the game with six kills and seven blocks. Her work at the net has gotten better each season.

“I really like making a big block. It energizes me,” she said. “I’ve gotten better through sheer repetition.”

Freshman outside hitter Annie Wehrheim of Woodlawn led the team in kills with 13. She also notched three service aces and seven digs on defense.

Sophomore outside hitter Carly Callahan of Carterville contributed seven kills.

Freshman middle hitter Cheyenne Pitchford of Sesser chipped in five blocks. Freshman setter Caroline Rogers was tops in assists with 14. Sophomore setter Christy Hayden of Benton added 11 assists.

Freshman libero Ali Amici was tops in digs with 14. Hayden had seven. Callahan and Rogers had five digs apiece. 

Vols head coach Bill Burnside said his team has played better team ball this season than it showed against Southwestern, but a less-than-stellar win always trumps a well-played loss.

“We got the job done tonight. That’s the main thing,” he said. “Usually, we play most of our league home games late in the season. This year, it’s flip-flopped. The home games are coming earlier on the schedule and we’ve taken care of business up to this point. Because of that, we have put ourselves in a position to maybe win the conference later on.”

Burnside said Nolan has found her rhythm as a middle hitter.

“Kierra’s really been a big force for us at the net and I think she will only get better as the season wears on.”

Logan will compete in a three-team tournament at Rend Lake Saturday with Lewis & Clark and the host Warriors and then return to the home floor at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday against Lincoln Trail in a GRAC match.


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