WARREN, Pa. – Korrin Burns had no intention of letting her team lose.
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Burns recorded 40 kills, 25 digs, and four aces to help Clarion to its 26th consecutive victory with a come-from-behind, 3-2 (25-13, 23-25, 27-29, 25-14, 15-8), win at Warren.
The Lady Cats (3-0), who haven’t lost in a non-tournament setting since falling, 3-1, to Northern Cambria in the 2019 PIAA Class 1A semifinals, found itself in a rare position being down 2-1 after Warren took sets two and three. The second-set loss ended a string of 64 consecutive non-tournament sets won by Clarion, which hadn’t lost a non-tournament set since falling, 26-24, to Maplewood Sept. 23, 2020.
Burns, who hit .403, wasn’t alone in helping the Lady Cats stave off the feisty Dragons, who they had beaten twice at the Clarion Tournament over the weekend.
Noel Anthony, who was named the Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Game, had a career-best 53 set assists while adding four kills, nine digs, and two aces.
Anthony talked about the win.
Also for Clarion, Aryana Girvan, who missed the first two sets with an ankle injury suffered in pregame warmups, added eight kills, three digs, and an ace, while Jordan Best, who moved to outside hitter from Libero when Girvan was out before returning to Libero when she came back, added four kills, 11 digs, and an ace.
Bri Pierce, who took over for Best at Libero, added 11 digs and two aces.
Katie Madigan paced Warren with 15 kills and 22 digs with Kylie Fehlman adding four blocks, three kills, and two aces, and Carly Beers three aces.
Halee Mineweaser ran the offense for the Dragons with 30 set assists and also added four blocks and two aces.
Clarion is now 34-1 since the start of the 2019 season and 58-5 since the start of the 2017 season. It was the first time the Lady Cats had been forced to five sets since beating Maplewood, 3-2, Oct. 9, 2019.