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Burns Leads Clarion Volleyball into PIAA Quarterfinals
KNOX, Pa. (D9Sports) – Despite another 3-0 win, things got a little harder for Clarion in the opening round of the PIAA playoffs against Saegertown at Keystone High School Tuesday, and that was perfectly ok with Lady Cats head coach Shari Campbell.
(Photo of Clarion’s Korrin Burns)
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“We need to be pushed a little bit,” Campbell, whose team cruised through the District 9 playoffs, said. “We don’t want it to be too easy. We need to be pushed, we need to be challenged, we need to feel adversity and be able to manage it. I think we did a good job of that.”
The adversity Campbell talked about came in the third set when the Lady Cats watched Saegertown, the District 10 runner-up, roll off six straight points to go from being down 21-17 to up 23-17.
But following a timeout by Campbell, Clarion rallied to score the final four points to win the set 25-23 and the match 3-0 after taking the first two sets by scores of 25-18 and 25-19.
“This game gives us some examples of what we can work on in practice like serving,” Clarion sophomore outside hitter Korrin Burns, who had 20 kills and four digs and was named the Hager Paving Player of the Match said. We missed a lot of serves, and passing. Our passing was pretty good, but I think we could do a little better.”
Serving, a problem that seems to crop up every once in a while for Clarion, wasn’t as good as the Lady Cats would have liked it to be Tuesday with Clarion committing 13 service errors helping Saegertown hang around in all three sets because of them.
“We want to get back in the gym and settle in and do some practicing,” Campbell said. “We want to get rid of some of the mistakes we made, work on our serving and get after our next opponent.”
While the server might not have been what Clarion wanted, the rest of the offense was pretty good with the Lady Cats hitting .240 as a team led by Burns, who hit .326.
Burns credited setter Brenna Campbell, who had 23 set assists while adding 14 digs, with the offense running smoothly.
“Brenna has been doing a fantastic job with it, and it has been connecting really well,” Burns said.
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Even with Clarion hitting the ball well, Saegertown was able to hang in all three sets thanks to a strong defensive effort that saw the Lady Panthers rally to balls that normally fall in for Clarion.
“I felt like they were more of a scrappy team,” Burns said. “So, we had to stay focussed in that rally and kill it basically.”
Campbell thought the offense played well, although she would have liked to have seen some more finishes.
“I think our offense looked good,” Campbell said. “I thought we blocked pretty well. I think we just need to focus on finishing.”
Finishing is exactly what Clarion did at the end of the third set getting two kills from Burns and two aces from Brenna Campbell to rally back for the win.
“There is no one I would rather have serving in that situation,” Shari Campbell said about her daughter, who was named the KSAC MVP earlier in the day.
Clarion will have some time to work on fixing whatever problems they may have had Tuesday before facing District 6 runner-up Bishop Carroll in the quarterfinals Saturday at a site and time to be announced.
“The rest of the road is pretty tough,” Shari Campbell said. “The west is tough. If you can make it through the meat grinder of the west you have a pretty good chance in the finals.”
NOTES – Kait Constantino added six kills and 10 digs for Clarion with Aryana Girvan recording five kills. KK Girvin chipped in six digs, Payton Simkp had three blocks and a kill, and Maddie Schill added four kills and two blocks … Brittany Houck paced Saegertown with eight kills, while Averie Braymer, Kaylee Mulligan and Carmen Kantz each had five kills … Bishop Carroll beat WPIAL champion Bishop Canevin, 3-1, to advance to the quarterfinals … The other half of the west side of the bracket saw District 10 champion Cochranton beat Elk County Catholic, 3-1, and District 6 champion Northern Cambria defeat WPIAL runner-up Fort Cherry, 3-1.
COCHRANTON 3, ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 1
MEADVILLE, Pa. – Despite one final strong match from Taylor Newton, District 9 runner-up Elk County Catholic dropped a 3-1 (25-15, 25-16, 20-25, 25-15) decision to District 10 champion Cochranton in the opening round of the PIAA Class 1A playoffs at Meadville High School.
Newton finished with 18 kills and completed her ECC career with 1,414 kills.
Julia Aikens added six kills and four aces for the Lady Crusaders while Madyson Dellaquila had four kills.
Cochranton will play Northern Cambria in the second round Saturday at a time and place to be announced.
FREEPORT 3, BROOKVILLE 0
PITTSBURGH – Tori Radvan and Isabella Russo combined for 18 kills to lead WPIAL champion Freeport to a 3-0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-17) win over District 9 champion Brookville in the opening round of the PIAA Class 2A playoffs at Shaler High School.
Radvan and Russo each had nine kills for the Yellow Jackets, while Mackensey Jack added eight kills.
Brookville had 13 kills as a team, although individual breakdowns of those kills weren’t available.
The Lady Raiders led just once in the match, 1-0 in the first set.
Freeport will take on WPIAL fourth-place finisher Beaver in the second round Saturday at a site and time to be announced.
THOMAS JEFFERSON 3, DUBOIS 0
KNOX, Pa. – WPIAL runner-up Thomas Jefferson got 10 kills from Ashleigh Haines and eight kills, three aces and a block from Tyler Turk to beat District 9 champion DuBois, 3-0 (25-14, 25-10, 25-17) in the opening round of the PIAA Class 3A playoffs at Keystone High School.
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The Jaguars took control from outset in each set taking an 8-2 lead in the first set, a 14-1 lead in the second set and a 10-3 lead in the third set on their way to victory.
Julia Palmer added seven kills and two aces for Thomas Jefferson, who will play Palmyra in the second round Saturday at a time and time to be announced.
Sydney Kaschalk paced DuBois with five kills, including four in the first set, two aces and two blocks.
Cayla Donahhue added four kills for the Lady Beaver, while Taylor Smith chipped in three kills and a block, Kaylee Sadowski three kills and an ace and Leah Colville two kills.
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