LOGAN — Visiting Marietta handed the Logan Lady Chiefs their fifth-consecutive varsity volleyball setback Monday evening in Jim Myers Gymnasium.
The Lady Chiefs fell in straight sets to the Lady Tigers, 25-20, 25-13, 25-18, in falling to 2-7 on the season.
Logan has dropped 13 of its last 14 sets since defeating Federal Hocking in late August.
“With the skill that we have been able to show at times, in my opinion, we are not a 2-7 team,” Logan coach Stacey Ballenger commented after the match. “We have a lot of talent on our team, but we have yet to be consistent with delivering it with all of our players at the same time. We did the same thing tonight.
“We have moments of greatness and terrific rallies that are so exciting, but for some reason we can’t transition those from play to play,” she continued. “We had some fantastic net play by our blockers and wonderful passes from our defense, but those need to be happening more often.
“I also think that right now, we just need simply hit the ball harder. We have several players that can consistently hit the ball and keep it in play but we need to accumulate more ‘kills’ in our stats. Once we achieve that and keeping the ‘talk’ up on the court, I think we’ll be in good shape. With our record being 2-7, we need those things to happen rather quickly.”
Ballenger feels that her team is getting better but just hasn’t put things together.
“We have been improving each match, but we, as a team, are just not quite where we need to be yet,” Ballenger said. “Ashanti (Evans) and Jenna (Wilson) did a great job of getting some really pretty sets to our hitters. Nikki VanBibber has had the least amount of varsity experience so far and she is getting it done in the back row.
“Our serving is on point, which is always a statistic I am pleased with at the end of a match,” she continued. “There are just certain areas that we need to make priorities and that is what we intend to do in our next few practices.”
Lanie Bainter was a perfect 13-of-13 in serving seven points (one ace) and had one kill for the Lady Chiefs and Evans had six points on 9-9 serving with nine assists, four kills and two blocks.
Cailin Cook-Porter added four kills and two blocks, Amanda Chandler three kills and three blocks, VanBibber two points and three digs, Wilson one point and six assists, Tabi Eveland one point and four digs, Gracie Swope one point and six digs and Olivia Wright three blocks.
The Lady Chiefs are off the rest of the week before embarking upon a busy portion of their schedule. They host Unioto next Monday before traveling to Meigs next Wednesday and taking part in the Circleville Invitational Saturday, Sept. 21.
JV girls triumph: After dropping the first set 25-21, the Lady Chiefs’ reserves came back to win the second and third sets 26-24 and 25-20, respectively, to knock off the Marietta junior varsity.
Logan improved to 9-3 while handing previously-undefeated Marietta its first JV loss.
The JV girls “had a tough first game and fought hard to come back and win,” praised Logan coach Rhonda Wortham. “They won the second game then in the third match they played great team ball.”
Brynn Parks served 14 points (five aces) and had 10 digs and seven kills for the winners, Avery Horn had four points, six kills, 19 assists and three blocks, and Kylie Pippin five points, 11 digs, five kills, eight assists and six tips.
Emaurice McKinney came through with seven points (two aces) and five digs, Keely Fickel had six points and four digs, and Ella Guthrie added four kills in Logan’s winning performance.