July 24, 2016

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Volleyball: Courtney Dieter isn’t complaining after loss

Mike Perry | The Gazette

SULLIVAN TWP. — It wasn’t exactly a win-win situation, but Black River coach Courtney Dieter wasn’t going to complain.

Clearview coach David Dorinski got some of his yonger players varsity experience while Dieter saw her team win a set off the Clippers in Clearview’s 25-16, 25-23, 19-25, 25-10 Patriot Athletic Conference victory.

“We were excited with how we played in Game 3 and that we were able to take one away from them,” Dieter said. “That’s going to build a lot of momentum for us moving into conference play because it was the first time in five or six years we were able to take a game from them.”

Senior Heather Younkin, who has made a verbal commitment to play at Kent State, had a dominant night for the Clippers. The 6-foot middle hitter stuffed the stat sheet with 23 kills, 16 blocks and 26 digs.

She was not the only Clipper to have a big night, as senior setter Sarah Ernst had a school-record 45 assists.

“Sarah did a great job of getting me the ball where I wanted it,” Younkin said. “We’ve been working together for a long time, three years, and she knows where to put the ball. This was a good win for us because they’re a good team.”

The Pirates (6-2, 2-1) led in each game, but Clearview had an answer in all but Game 3.

Irmalys Cangelario, Clearview’s senior libero, and Nereles Betances came up big in the first game.

Black River led 21-18 in the second game before Betances reeled off five straight to give Clearview the lead again. The Pirates battled back to tie it at 23, but the Clippers scored the final two points of the game.

Betances ended the match with a team-high 16 points and four aces. Candelario added 14 service points for Clearview. Sophomore Jackie Kokinda had a nice line for Clearview as well, scoring 12 points on serve and hammering 10 kills.

Junior middle hitter Danielle Jenkins led the way for Black River, recording 14 kills and 10 blocks. Six of those kills came in the Pirates’ victorious third game.

“She’s evolving into a very nice player,” Dieter said. “She shut them down a little bit in the first game and was strong in the second game, which made that game very tight. Then, in Game 3, she made some huge plays for us.”

Jamie Hozan, a junior libero, led Black River with a game-high 24 service points and team-high 22 digs. Emily Cartwright added 22 assists.

Contact Mike Perry at sports@medina-gazette.com.

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