MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets’ Division I volleyball sectional semifinal opponent was a familiar one.
The result was pretty familiar too.
The Jackets clicked on all cylinders as they rode a 21-1 run in the third set to claim a 25-15, 26-24, 25-6 sweep of the visiting Olentangy Orange Pioneers. It was the third victory over their Ohio Capital Conference rivals this season.
Mount Vernon (16-5) seized control early in the third set with the serving of sophomore Katie Ball who went 16-for-16 in the run. Ball picked her spots throughout the run, never focusing on one particular opponent but instead spreading the ball around.
“I’m just concentrating on getting the serve in, and try to mix it up,” said Ball.
“We served it to the libero, which is unusual,” said Mount Vernon head coach Alan Cassell. “They switched liberos after the first set and had a younger girl in there. So, you always try to go after the new girl.”
The run began with four successful serves by senior Katie Arden. Like Ball, Arden’s serves didn’t focus on one spot, forcing the Pioneers to adjust on the fly.
It was another dominant night on the net for Melissa Hall and Madi Mongomery, who combined for 25 kills. Montgomery was recently moved to a defensive position and has adapted well, collecting five digs on Monday. She also had five blocks.
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