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John A. Logan spikers win own tournament

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updated: 9/25/2019 12:51 PM

CARTERVILLE -- The John A. Logan College volleyball team continued its torrid play of late, sweeping the four matches it played when hosting its own tournament last weekend.

The Volunteers, now 14-5 overall, posted wins over Frontier, East Central, St. Louis Meremac and Lewis & Clark.

"I was very satisfied with our team's performance at the tournament and all last week," said JALC head coach Bill Burnside. "We played six matches (two of them conference matches) in the span of six days and won them all. We kept a solid level of play all week long and only slowed down a little at the end of the tournament."

Burnside said he likes what he has seen so far this season from this ballclub.

"This group of sophomores has been exceptional," he said. "After winning the Region 24 and GRAC conference titles last year, they set a goal of going undefeated in conference again this season. So far, we are on pace with a 6-0 record in conference and a 14-5 record overall."

In the win over Frontier College of Fairfield Friday, Logan won in straight sets: 25-17, 25-16 and 25-15.

Krista Rhodes and Kim Hall paced the JALC offense with eight kills each. Bailey Below led in assists with 17. Alanis Below and Hall recorded nine digs each. The team combined for eight blocks and nine service aces.

In the victory over East Central, the Vols again won in consecutive sets: 25-17, 25-19 and 25-11.

Krista Rhodes and Bailey Below were tops in kills with nine. Kameryn Sillmon followed with eight. Alanis Below led in digs with 15. Lexie Barnes finished with 28 assists.

Against Meramec on Saturday, the Vols were pushed to the limit or five sets before prevailing: 25-16, 17-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-11.

Bailey Below continued to perform well at the net, notching a team-high 13 kills. Hall pitched in with 11. Alanis Below was again tops in digs with 27. Maddie Hout added 18. Barnes totaled 23 assists and Bailey Below had 22.

Logan concluded tourney play with a straight-set win over Lewis & Clark: 25-22, 27-25, 25-13.

Sillmon paced the offense with 13 kills. Alanis Below was the best defensive player on the floor with 31 digs. Bailey Below led in assists with 19. The Vols recorded seven blocks as a team.

The Vols will be back in action at home today (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. against Vincennes University. Logan will then travel to Lincoln Trail College on Wednesday.

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