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Heather Younkin sets school record in Clearview Clippers' win over Keystone Wildcats
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Clearview’s Heather Younkin spikes the ball on Keystone’s Jenna Quillen in the first game of Tuesday night’s match.
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Keystone celebrates after winning the first game of Tuesday night’s match.
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Keystone's Darcy Irish, left, spikes the ball between Clearview's Chania Sturgill, center, and Jackie Kokinda in the first game of Tuesday night's match.
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Clearview's Nerelis Betances returns a volley in the first game of Tuesday night's match.
All Younkin did was set a new school record with 30 kills in helping the Clippers to a 20-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-22 PAC crossover win over host Keystone Tuesday.
“She still needs instructions every now and then because she is so talented sometimes she just lets it go,” Clearview Coach David Dorinski said. “It’s nice to be able to pull her aside and say this is what we need and she’ll do that.
“Every coach always wants a player like that. When I first started I went five years without a player like that. Now I’m the lucky one.”
The foreshadowing of Younkin’s outstanding game came on the match’s first point as she recorded a kill for Clearview (12-2, 10-0). But it was Keystone (14-5, 8-2) who was able to take advantage of the Clippers’ young line at the net with Younkin in the back row to take the first game 25-20.
Down a game and with Younkin recording seven kills in the first game, Dorinski made the decision to put the match in Younkin’s hands.
“It was obvious even with their (Keystone) double block, Heather was jumping really high and hitting the ball very well,” Dorinski said. “I just said let’s feed her. Why not? To beat a good team you have to expose their weaknesses and Heather was just swinging away.”
While Younkin was off to an outstanding start in the first game, she found her rhythm in the second game, recording five straight points with a four kills and a block kill. It was this streak which propelled her outstanding game and helped the Clippers to a 15-11 lead in the second game.
“He (Dorinski) told our setter two-ball, two-ball (and) I didn’t want to have a bad night,” Younkin said. “She (Sarah Ernst) put it where the block wasn’t and I just hit the ball. She helped me out a lot.”
Though down, Keystone rallied to close the game down to 22-20 after a net violation by Clearview. The Clippers evened the match with Chania Sturgill (seven kills) getting the kill.
After taking over in the second game, the five-foot, 11 and a half-inch middle hitter helped Clearview jump out to a 7-0 lead in the pivotal third game. She had a pair of block kills (eight block kills for the match) and a pair of kills to help them open up a 7-0 lead. They extended it to 21-11 before taking the game on another Sturgill kill.
With all the momentum on their side, the Clippers jumped out to a 14-2 lead in the fourth game. Once again, it was Younkin providing the offense with six more kills during the big start.
Undaunted, the Wildcats continued to battle and closed the game down to 22-20 on Jenna Quillen’s block kill on Younkin. It was one of the rare misses she had of the game, going 46 of 49 in attacks.
Keystone held off match point twice before Kelly Warren clinched the win with a kill. Though Younkin was outstanding, Keystone Coach Bud Trego felt his team was inconsistent at times.
“She’s (Younkin) is a great player and Clearview is a great team,” Trego said. “We didn’t do enough of the little things to come through. We kept getting down and it seemed like our focus wasn’t there. Once we got down then we started focusing; we’d fight back, but it was too little too late.”
Younkin wasn’t just outstanding hitting. She recorded 14 blocks and added 13 digs while playing all-around. Ernst was a perfect 110 of 110 setting with a school record 46 assists. She also had 20 service points.
Emily Peters led Keystone at the net with 16 kills. She also added 20 digs. Brooke Trego was 128 of 129 with 31 assists. Athena Townsley had 12 service points.
Both teams continue conference play Thursday with Clearview hosting Firelands and Keystone traveling to Columbia.
Clearview 3, Keystone 1
Patriot Athletic Conference
Clearview (12-2, 10-0) 20 25 25 25
Keystone (14-5, 8-2) 25 20 16 22
HITTING — Clearivew: Heather Younkin 46-49 30 kills; Keystone: Emily Peters 16kills; SETTING — C: Sarah Ernst 110-110, 46 assists; K: Brooke Trego 128-129 31 assists; SERVING — C: Ernst 26-26, 20 points; K: Athena Townsley 19-21, 12 points; DIGS — C: Nerelis Betances 21 digs; K: Morgan Myers 27; BLOCKS — C: Younkin 14; K: Jenna Quillen 2 block kills.
Last Updated: 9/24/2013 11:38:40 PM EST