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Clearview Clippers can’t upset Padua Bruins
Facing Padua, the top-ranked team in Division II, the Clippers gave it all they had. The Bruins just had too much in their arsenal, downing Clearview 25-12, 25-14, 25-6 in the Division II Parma Heights District Semifinal. Padua plays Triway in the district final Thursday. The Clippers end their season at 22-3.
“They (Padua) just had too much firepower,” Clearview Coach David Dorinski said. “I told the girls to not try to overcompensate because of their height. We knew they could hit around and over us. We just had to be scrappy.
“But have to give it to them, they pushed us out of every position we wanted to be in.”
The height advantage was evident from the beginning with the Bruins (22-2) lining up 5-foot, 10-inches, 5-11, 5-10, 5-11 and 6-0 in their starting lineup. Clearview had one girl — junior Heather Younkin — who stood at 5-10.
Katie Stansbury set the tone for Padua from the opening serve, recording three kills. Wave after wave of powerful attacks came at the Clippers at all angles. Whether it came from the middle or from either side and down the line, Clearview didn’t have an answer early on. By the time they were able to compose themselves, Padua had built a 17-3 lead.
“You can’t give a team like that big runs,” Dorinski said. “My team has never faced a team that strong from top to bottom.”
Settling in, Clearview had a 6-2 run to cut into the deficit only to see Padua’s attack come back and eventually take the first set 21-12.
Though down, the Clippers showed their resiliency taking an early 4-2 after a Bruins hitting error. The lead was short-lived with Padua using a 7-0 run to take an 11-6 lead.
The balance attack Padua had was evident in the second set with four different players getting two kills or more in the set which ended after a Clearview serving error.
Padua’s big attack at the net also meant they had big blocks at the net. Younkin, who came into the match averaging close to 17 kills a match, was held to two kills. She did have four block kills.
The third set featured more big runs by the Bruins. Senior Maci Budzik, who had serve since early in the season, asked coach James BeHarry if she could jump serve. The result showed the Midas touch Padua had throughout the match with Budzik rattling off six service points with three aces.
Budzik, who stands at 5-10 also led Padua in attacks with 11 kills from her outside hitter’s position. The balanced attack also showed in the statistics with Sarah Peterson being the next highest with three kills.
“We do have a lot of firepower,” BeHarry said. “The biggest reason we are balanced is because we are passing at a 90 percent rate. We are able to mix it up and set the right-side, middle hitter and the left-side. We move the ball across the net.”
Rachel Bolmeyer and Katlynne Baker are the only two seniors on the squad. It was their leadership according to Dorinski which helped Clearview to its great season.
“I couldn’t be any prouder of my two seniors,” he said. “They have done such a great job all season long. They always came ready to play. They accomplished a lot — as did the whole team did. I’m very proud of them.”
Last Updated: 10/23/2012 11:54:16 PM EST