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  • Mount Vernon’s Bryan Downs serves during the second set of Thursday’s match against Dublin Jerome. Downs’ serves helped the Jackets earn seven straight points.
    Mount Vernon’s Bryan Downs serves during the second set of Thursday’s match against Dublin Jerome. Downs’ serves helped the Jackets earn seven straight points.
    Photo by Bill Davis
  • April 8, 2011 11:12 am EDT

MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon boys volleyball team took care of Dublin Jerome on Thursday in four sets, 25-11 25-13 21-25 25-18, despite missing two of its top players.

Chris Omahan was on a college visit. Cole Shoemaker is injured and is out for the year.

Still, Mount Vernon head coach Alan Cassell felt confident enough in his team’s chances to juggle the lineup a bit.

“I played a bunch of people out of position,” Cassell said. “You can blame me for our loss in that third set.”

It ultimately didn’t affect the outcome. Dublin Jerome had been making plenty of mistakes. The Celtics lacked communication through the first two sets, and frequently stared at each other as the ball dropped between them.

The Celtic green they wore was for luck — and they were lucky to get the ball over the net.

As for the Jackets, their play was virtually flawless — for the first two sets. With Omahan out, the team looked for an on-court leader. And it found one.

“Steve Barcus really took over,” Mount Vernon’s Bryan Downs said. “He’s a leader anyway. He keeps everybody’s head in the game. He keeps us all amped up.”

bdavis@mountvernonnews.com

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