LAST SEASON: 23-10, 5-2 HHC
Hancock County Tournament champions; lost in Sectional 26 semifinal to eventual 3A state runner-up Chatard
KEY PLAYERS (with grade, position):
Ellie Balbach (12) RS/S
Emily White (11) L/S
Abby Glazier (11) DS
Aubri Benbow (10) DS
Mary Grace Ertel (9) RS/S
Sydney Shelton (9) OH
Shelby Blair (10) OH
Sara Lyday (12) MH
Lexi Reasor (11) MH
Lauren James (11) DS
Kayla Grubaugh (11) OH
Head coach: Kris Lashaway (6th season)
If the Marauders win a third straight Hancock County championship on Oct. 6, or their fourth sectional title since 2007 later that month, these 2012 Marauders will look nothing like their dominant predecessors.
Mt. Vernon is essentially starting over this fall. Gone is two-time county player of the year Jenna Amundson, two-time all-county selection Jesse Earl, six-foot-2 middle hitter Erica Moore, plus three other rotation players that graduated in the spring alongside Amundson. Earl, a junior, transferred to Lawrence North and Moore, also a junior, is concentrating on basketball.
“I’ve been through this once before,” MV coach Kris Lashaway said. “After my first year (2007), we graduated seven (players) and I only had one varsity returning, and that was Kayla Negley.