By Steven Kochersperger
The Mount Vernon High School Wildcat volleyball season has been one for the ages.
Entering Tuesday’s regional matchup at 29-3, the Wildcats were not happy with just being sectional champs. They had their sites set on doing something no other volleyball team has done in Mount Vernon High School history, becoming Regional champs and after two sets into the contest it looked like the Lady Cats were about to punch their ticket to the semi-state game.
But the visiting Jasper Wildcats were not about to let that happen. Jasper fought their way back and won the last three sets to win the Regional crown and upset the host Wildcats 17-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-13.
The first two sets went great for the Lady Cats. After building early leads in each of the first two sets Mount Vernon was able to fight off the runs Jasper made to get back into the game.
Each time Jasper made runs Mount Vernon was able to answer back and put away the first set 25-17 and the second set 25-20. This fired up the large home crowd and for many the celebration might have started just a little early.
The third and fourth sets opened with the visiting Jasper Wildcats up early gaining momentum and confidence with their season on the line. Mount Vernon would go on runs in both sets tying the matches and keeping the pressure firmly on Jasper. But Jasper put both sets away to extend the game winning the third and fourth sets with the same score each set 25-23.
And with both teams in a winner take all fifth set the pressure built and both team played extremely well.
In the end it was the Jasper Wildcats that took advantage of their height and experience to win their second straight Regional title in as many years.