SULLIVAN — Clearview was able to pick up a Patriot Athletic Conference win Tuesday night, while Black River managed to come away with a moral victory.
Clippers coach David Dorinski got some of his younger players varsity experience in the 25-16, 25-23, 19-25, 25-10 win, while Pirates coach Courtney Dieter was happy to see her team win a set in the matchup.
“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 orally committed to play at Kent State next year, had a dominant night for the Clippers (3-0, 1-0 PAC). The 6-foot middle hitter stuffed the stat sheet, controlling the court from both the front and back lines.
When she was at the net, Younkin had 23 kills and 16 blocks. In the back she had a team-high 26 digs. She was not the only Clippers player 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 (Black River) is a good team.”
The Pirates (6-2, 2-1) led in each game. They jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first game before Irmalys Cangelario — Clearview’s senior libero — reeled off four straight points on serve to tie the game at 5. The teams battled back and forth until Nereles Betances reeled off six straight points to give the Clippers a lead they would not relinquish.
Black River led 21-18 in the second game before Betances served for five straight points to give Clearview the lead again. The Pirates battled back and tied 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 served for 14 points for Clearview.
“Nerelis has always had a very good serve,” Dorinski said. “Occasionally she’ll let her guard down, but her serve is one of the best in the conference. It really helps when she gets her serves in because her defense is just as good.”
Sophomore Jackie Kokinda had a nice line for Clearview as well, serving for 12 points and hammering down 10 kills.
“Jackie had a good game tonight,” Dorinski said. “As a sophomore she hits the line really well. She has a lot of topspin and a hard hit. It was nice to see her play well. I was actually going to have her play a little JV, but she has moved into her spot and has played really well.”
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’ Game 3 win.
“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 points and team-high 22 digs. Emily Cartwright added 22 assists.