MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon volleyball team had Big Walnut on the ropes Thursday, but wasn’t able to come up with the knockout punch. Big Walnut rallied in all three games to sweep the Yellow Jackets, 25-13, 25-22, 25-21.
“We were just satisfied we played well. We just never had that killer instinct. I doubt we thought we could win,” said Mount Vernon coach Ericka Feick.
The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 7-4 lead in the first game before Big Walnut turned it on. The Eagles scored 13 of the last 14 points, including the final eight to grab the win in the first game.
Mount Vernon got it going in a big way in Game 2, taking a 10-3 lead. But, two different 5-0 runs by the Eagles enabled them to escape with the victory.
The battle continued in Game 3, with Mount Vernon leading 12-7 before watching the Eagles rally again.
“We got down on our selves. There was no interest, no spark,” said Feick.
The Eagles dominated play at the net, using big spikes and timely tips to take control of each game.
“We were really intimidated by their big hitters,” said Feick. “They had a lot of tips, too. We were so used to them hitting it hard, we weren’t able to adjust.