MOUNT VERNON — In last year’s appearance at the boys volleyball state semifinals, the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets were missing two things: Communication and aggressiveness.
They appear to have found both this year.
The Yellow Jackets found boosts of energy when they needed it Thursday, earning a sweep of the visiting Pickerington North Panthers, 25-19, 25-14, 25-16.
“Coach (Alan Cassell) has been pushing us a lot harder, to build up the intensity,” said junior Matt McManaway. “I think practices are at a whole new level this year.”
Mount Vernon (3-1) showed that aggressiveness in every aspect of Thursday’s match. The Jackets dominated the net, with McManaway, Levi Rhoades and Dan Tharp leading the charge up front. All three were taller and stronger than any combo Pickington North could create.
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