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Young wins 'Rookie' honors

December 06, 2006|by LARRY YANOS

Cindel Young, a standout on the Shippensburg, Pa., University volleyball team, has been selected Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division Rookie of the Year.

Young, 18, became the first Shippensburg player to win PSAC East Rookie of the Year honors since Lisa Garey in 1994. The middle blocker was also named to the All-PSAC Eastern Division Second Team.

"I was really surprised with the 'Rookie' award," Young said. "I feel I had a good season, but I didn't expect the award."

According to Shippensburg University coach Leanne Piscotty, the criteria for the "Rookie'' Award is for anyone who is competing in their first year of college eligibility ? regardless of grade.

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Young, a 2006 graduate of Broadfording Christian Academy, was one of just three freshmen and the only one in the Eastern Division to earn a spot on the all-conference team.

Young finished the 2006 campaign as the team leader and ranked 10th in the PSAC with a .301 hitting percentage. She also ranked first on the team in blocks per game (0.81) to go along with the fourth-best kills per game total at 2.34.

On Oct. 3, Young was the first freshman of 2006 to be named PSAC Eastern Division Player of the Week.

Young led the team to a 5-0 record that week and ? at the Shippensburg Invitational ? totaled 40 kills, 14 block assists and three block solos with a .400 hitting percentage in four matches.

"It was an adjustment from high school to the college level. The level of competition is much tougher, especially the defense," the daughter of Steven and Tamela Young said. "I actually got more playing time than I expected."

And Shippensburg volleyball coach Leanne Piscotty is delighted the talented player selected her school over some other choices ? including Hagerstown Community College.

"I looked at some other schools but I had attended summer volleyball camps at Shippensburg and liked the coach and the school," Young said. "I feel I made the right decision."

Coach Piscotty said Young improved during the season.

"She certainly has the potential to be great," Piscotty said. "It took her awhile to make the adjustment to the intensity level (from high school to college) but she started to pick things up toward being a real force on the court, being more aggressive. Athletically, she can do anything and I have high expectations for her in future years."

At Broadfording Christian Academy, Young was Salutatorian of the Class of 2006 and won the U.S. Army Scholar Athlete Award ? given to the male or female with the highest graduating GPA.

She lettered in volleyball four years at Broadfording, in basketball three years, softball three years and cheerleading two years.

She also competed for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Malachi team.

"I'm staying strictly with volleyball in college," Young said.

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