HILLIARD — The Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets steam rolled the Dublin Coffman Shamrocks on Wednesday, as they climbed another rung on the ladder to a state title.
They won their OHSAA East Regional Semifinal volleyball matchup, 25-18, 25-16, 25-22.
“This team is real excited to try to get back to state,” said Mount Vernon coach Alan Cassell. “This is a match that, in all reality, we should have won and we did. We did enough to win. We had a few spots here and there that weren’t real sharp, (but) we’re real pleased to get the victory.”
They seemed more than pleased as a group. Even their most experienced player couldn’t help but get caught up in the moment.
“This is the time for us,” said senior Chris Omahan (15 kills, two digs, one block). “The main goal of the entire season, besides winning the OCC, is to push it as far as we can in the state tournament. Since we’re in the tournament, every game is big. We have to be excited for every game and we showed that tonight just coming out ready to play.”
“Coffman is a solid team,” said Cassell. “They’re pretty good-sized up front and I thought we handled it well. We’ve got a lot of seniors, but we don’t have a lot of experience. Chris Omahan is the only one that has really experienced this.”
The lack of experience is not translating to a lack of confidence. The newer ones aren’t getting spooked by the situation.
“Being new to the tournament, it’s very exciting,” said Steve Barcus (35 assists, three kills, three blocks). “We think we can beat any team in the state. We know we can. We’ve competed with them all. We just need to finish. That’s our biggest thing. If we just finish, we’ll be fine.”