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August 23, 2013

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Berries respond from opening loss, rout Purple Tigers

Any disappointment left over from Tuesday’s opening loss at McCutcheon that Logansport’s volleyball team might have had surely didn’t show through on Thursday night.

The Berries trounced visiting Northwestern 25-9, 25-8, 25-16 to open play this season in the Berry Bowl.

There was really never any doubt in this one.

Syd Bullard had nine kills and eight digs to lead the Berries (1-1). Nakeya Penny floored seven kills.

Bailey Kelley dished 17 assists and Hannah Jones added six. Lindsey Cheney had a team-high 10 digs and Kailey Vernon posted six. Katie Easter served three aces. Monika Ness, Paulie Frye and Bullard each added a block.

“We had a real good practice yesterday. We had a long talk about how we let things slip away on Tuesday night against McCutcheon,” Logan coach Jon Vernon said. “We didn’t finish things out like we should have. We had a real hard practice yesterday and I think they knew that we didn’t leave the floor against McCutcheon like we should have. But they came out and responded today and I’m pleased with their effort tonight.”

The Berries closed out game one with an 18-3 run, game two with a 17-3 run and game three with a more modest 18-7 run.

The Tigers didn’t have any answer for the Berries’ firepower.

“They are young and Trina [Yager] is a coach at our Logan club program that we have here. She coaches with us,” Jon Vernon said. “They are young this year. But we wanted our kids to focus on us. We had to have better passes and better sets and better kills tonight and play better defense. I thought we played a lot better, I thought we did the things we needed to do. We’re going to work on us to make us the best team. I think the kids responded to that and came out and played hard. We’ve just got to keep getting better.”

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