MOUNT VERNON — Tied at one set each, Mount Vernon had Hilliard Davidson on the ropes Friday. But, a few problems with the Jackets’ serves let the Wildcats escape and pull out a 19-25, 25-23, 28-26, 25-18 victory at The Hive.
“We should have had them in the third. We had too many service errors,” said Mount Vernon coach Alan Cassell. “You can’t do this against this kind of opponent and expect to win.”
The Jackets opened the night on fire, rolling to a 25-19 victory in the first set.
A 5-0 run early in the second swung things the Wildcats’ way, though. The teams battled back and forth the rest of the set before Davidson (9-2) was able to pull out the victory.
Things started out better for the Jackets (5-4) in the third, as they scored the first three points of the set. Then, with a chance to wrap up the set, they let Davidson back in with their serves.
“The third set changed the whole momentum of the night,” Cassell said.
Davidson rode that high of the third all the way through the fourth, using two four-point runs to pull out the victory.