LOGAN — There was no doubt the Logan Lady Chiefs were in for a battle when they hosted the Sheridan Lady Generals in a varsity volleyball match Saturday in Jim Myers Gymnasium.
The undefeated Perry Countians prevailed in straight sets, 25-15, 25-11, 26-24, to run their season record to 9-0 while dropping the Lady Chiefs to 2-6.
“We knew today was going to be a tough one,” said Lady Chiefs coach Stacey Ballenger, whose team dropped its fourth-consecutive match. “Even though (the Generals) are still undefeated after playing them, our girls really gave them a run in the third set.
“Lately we have been struggling with making too many unforced errors in a row and trying to recover from a deficit that seems impossible,” she added. “Today that was not the case. In fact, we led the sets at times. The girls played hard and attacked the ball more than what we saw against Alexander. Sheridan is not a team you can consistently tip against and expect them to make all of the mistakes. We needed to keep swinging and that is what we did.”
Ballenger noted multiple players came off the bench to play roles they were needed to do.
“In the third set, Madi Norman had a huge save that put all of the momentum back into our team to help us eventually tie them at 24,” she said. “We noticed that our defensive positioning has been off for the past few matches and that was a goal of ours today. We wanted to make sure we were getting to the spots we needed to be in defensively. We did a much better job of that today against Sheridan.”
Ashanti Evans paced the Lady Chiefs with nine service points (three aces) and had 11 assists, six digs and two kills while Gracie Swope added five points and four digs and Lanie Bainter three points, six kills and six digs.
Jenna Wilson kicked in three serving points, six assists and six digs, Tabi Eveland had two points (one ace), two kills and six digs, Amanda Chandler three kills, four blocks and three digs, Olivia Wright three kills and Cailin Cook-Porter two kills.
“Even though we are not winning as much as we want to, I truly feel like we are making big strides and making progress on the court as a team,” Ballenger stated. “We have a lot of wins left that we have the potential to earn and that is what we plan to do, one at a time.”
Sheridan tops Logan reserves: The Generals also downed the Lady Chiefs in the reserve match 25-16, 25-21 to drop Logan girls to 8-3 on the season.
Nikki VanBibber served seven points for Logan, Brynn Parks had four points and two digs, Ella Guthrie three kills and seven digs, Norman three points and seven digs and Avery Horn three points and four assists.