The coronavirus pandemic forced the closure of schools in our area, and as a result, high school athletic teams were unable to meet during that time. Over at Mt. Vernon, the Wildcats volleyball team knew they would have to make adjustments.
Five months off and as a coach, I made a goal to stay in contact with these girls," said Mt. Vernon Head Volleyball coach Megan DeVault. "We had virtual team meetings and we set challenges not only with volleyball challenges, at home drills, but other kinds of workouts too."
"Over quarantine, coach did a really good job of sending us workouts," said Mt. Vernon Senior Libby Steinhart. "We had on Google Drive a folder and we would send videos of us doing workouts so the whole team could see. It was kind of like a motivation.
"That quarantine we really hit it hard," said Mt. Vernon Senior Brooke Jackson. "We wanted to be successful this year and we were praying and hoping we would have a season and for us to work hard when we are at home is just really important for us and we came out strong and we want to keep going."
Despite a pandemic forcing the team to isolate, Mt. Vernon got off to a perfect 9-0 start, proving that their hard work has paid off and showing the Wildcats camaraderie has grown.
"I think Covid honestly brought us together because we know our time here is limited," said Jackson. "So, we really wanted to work hard and keep it up and so us being here, we don't take it for granted."
"We keep telling each other to stay positive but play each game like it could be our last because you never know," said Steinhart.
Mt. Vernon's goal this year is to make their presence known in their new conference and so far, they have done just that.
"Mt. Vernon should be at the top and we want to be at the top," said Steinhart.
"Coming into the PAC, we want to make a statement," said Jackson. "So far we have and we want to continue to win."