MOUNT VERNON — The annual “Volley for the Cure” means more than volleyball at Mount Vernon High School.
Fans and friends came together at The Hive to raise money for breast cancer awareness and watch the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets take on the Delaware Hayes Pacers.
The Jackets did their part, winning in straight sets, 25-19, 25-23, 25-20. But, overall, they weren’t happy with their performance.
“We weren’t playing how we should,” said junior hitter Madi Montgomery. “It’s important to beat everybody. We should come in and play to the best of our potential. But, we played down tonight.”
“I was disappointed, because I thought (Hayes) was outworking us,” said Mount Vernon head coach Alan Cassell. “They were scrappier than we were. It’s one of those matches where you just want to get the win and get out of here.”
Montgomery had seven kills in the match. Her new position at center allows her more room to be flexible and to shift when needed. On Thursday, her role — and that of everyone on the team — took a back seat to the cause at hand.
“It’s hard to think about how many women suffer from this,” said Montgomery. “I feel like we should have played better to support this cause more.”
Melanie Hall and Katelyn Dufur led the Yellow Jackets with eight kills each. Shaharra Sanders added four kills.
Mount Vernon (14-5, 10-2 OCC) struggled, for the most part, to catch any rhythm and keep momentum. Despite good communication between the setters and the forwards — setter Parker VanFossen collected 21 assists — the Jackets weren’t as fast as usual to pursue the ball. More than once, the ball would drop because someone would move in too late.
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