News File Photo Mount Vernon’s Luke Earnest, right, spikes the ball while teammates Alex Robinson (9) and Levi Rhoades (7) look on during a tournament game in 2013. All three will fill key roles in the Yellow Jackets’ 2014 campaign. Buy Now
MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon boys volleyball coach Alan Cassell’s theory is simple: Play the best teams in the state, and you’ll be prepared for whatever the rest of the season throws at you.
It’s been a winning formula over the years. The Yellow Jackets have been to the state quarterfinal level five of the past seven years. They are the defending outright Ohio Capital Conference champions — again. But, when you look at the high school trophy case, something is missing.
A state title.
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