LOGAN – When San Jon and Logan go head-to-head in any competition, it is always intense. It was no less intense on Thursday as the long-time rivals met on the Logan High School volleyball court to determine the most recent portion of the rivalry.
On Thursday, Logan was clearly the dominant force on the court as they won 25-20, 25-6, 25-23.
“We felt we did well,” said San Jon head Volleyball Coach A.J. Laird about the loss to Logan. “You’ve got to remember we’re really young. We’ve got five freshmen on the varsity, three sophomores, one junior and one senior. This is definitely a building year, but we’re moving in the right direction.” Laird said her girls played well on a number of occasions during the match but they did let their concentration lapse a few times. “That’s one of the problems with a young team,” said the San Jon coach.
Over and above the youth of her squad, she felt playing a tough team on their home court is always rough.
For Logan Head Coach Janna Rodgers the win felt very good. She was especially impressed with the passing game of the her squad. “It’s a great way to start district play,” said Rodgers. “It’s always nice to start out with a win.”
One of the keys to the win for Logan was the play of Raynee Rachor who throughout the three games consistently made kills against the San Jon squad at crucial times. Also shining against San Jon, especially during the second game was Tiffany Hankins who took the serve in the middle of the second contest with Logan trailing by two. Hankins served for seven straight points in the game, three of them aces basically putting Longhorns out of San Jon’s reach.
Early on in the first and third games of the match, San Jon and Logan seesawed back and forth with the lead until finally Logan took the lead refusing to relinquish it again.
While the games were secure relatively early in the second and to a lesser extent in first of the three contests, that was not the case in the final game. In the final game it appeared that Logan was in firm hold of a win but San Jon began creeping back point by point. San Jon came back from a six point deficit and was within one of Logan until a errant San Jon serve gave the winning point to Logan