MOUNT VERNON — Even as they were warming up, the Mount Vernon boys volleyball team displayed a greater physical presence than in previous years. With an indomitable defense and an offense that was able to score when it really counted, the Jackets pulled off a triple sweep on Saturday. Mount Vernon is off to a 3-0 start after defeating St. Charles, Archbishop Alter and Walsh Jesuit — all by two sets to none — in their season-opening quad match at Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Ariel Arena.
“We prepared a lot, so our guys were ready,” said Mount Vernon coach Chad Sivewright. “We came in last night for a walk-through, so we kind of knew the area and the facility. We were prepared and so we felt good about the outcome, for sure.”
Mount Vernon’s first victim was St. Charles, whom they took down, 25-19, 25-22. The Jackets grabbed an early lead in the opening set, getting a pair of monster blocks at the net from Ryan McManaway and Zach Thompson. Teammate John Brenneman scored and Thompson added an ace to give the Jackets a 7-3 advantage.