October 1, 2015

Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College volleyball team steamrolled visiting Lincoln Trail Wednesday in straight sets: 25-11, 25-7, 25-7.

The Statesmen were playing with only the bare minimum of players (six) due to injuries and defections.

With the win, the Volunteers improved to 6-0 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 14-5 overall.

Sophomore rightside hitter Chynna Byars of Geff paced the Logan offense with eight kills. Freshman outside hitter Annie Lietz of Nashville followed with six kills, three service aces and two blocks.

Sophomore middle hitter Kierra Nolan of Murphysboro led the team in blocks with four.

Sophomore setter Christy Hayden of Benton was tops in assists with 15.

Freshman defensive specialist Johanna Mandrell of Crab Orchard was the leader in digs with seven and sophomore outside hitter Carly Callahan of Carterville contributed four kills, three service aces, and six digs.

Freshman outside hitter Maddie Woolen chipped in five kills and three blocks.

Getting some playing time and contributing at the net were freshman Cheyenne Pitchford of Sesser and sophomore Lincoln Brasel of Kinmundy.

The team’s leading hitter, freshman Annie Wehrheim of Woodlawn, and freshman libero Ali Amici each sat out the match with an ailing back.

“We wanted to give them some extended rest,” said Vols head coach Bill Burnside, “especially with a key conference match on the schedule for next week.”

Burnside praised Lincoln Trail’s effort Wednesday, acknowledging that it’s tough to be competitive with only six total players on the team and one of those six with no volleyball experience.

“I told the girls that we needed to take advantage of every touch that we had, and I think we pretty much did,” he said. “We had some people in different positions tonight and ran some different plays, but all in all, I thought it went pretty well.”

Logan plays a non-conference match Monday at Mineral Area College and then returns to Great Rivers Athletic Conference play Wednesday at Lake Land College in Mattoon.