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All-County Volleyball 2010: Anderson's Eagles soar

December 10, 2010|By DAN KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com
  • Heritage Academy's Young-Sook Anderson is The Herald-Mail's Washington County Volleyball Coach of the Year.
Heritage Academy's Young-Sook Anderson is The Herald-Mail's Washington County Volleyball Coach of the Year.

Five years ago when Young-Sook Anderson took over the Heritage Academy volleyball program, the Eagles went 3-11 in her first season and had a long way to climb to get to the level of Grace Academy and Broadfording at the top of the Mason Dixon Christian Conference.

In the four seasons since 2006, Heritage has made that climb — going 11-9 in 2007, 12-7 in 2008 and 14-4 in 2009 before reaching the top of the MDCC this season.

The Eagles went 19-0 in best-of-5 matches, dropped just three sets in 17 MDCC matches on the way to regular season and tournament championships, then overcame their toughest challenges at the Maryland Christian State Tournament to win their first state title since 1992.

Anderson is The Herald-Mail’s 2010 Washington County Volleyball Coach of the Year.

“It was really a privilege to see the girls grow through the years. All my girls have worked together for so long and they’re so close to each other on and off the court,” Anderson said. “It was four long years as they improved defensively. It was hard work, playing together, encouraging each other, and they put the team first.”

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The Eagles were one of three teams that entered the one-day state tournament undefeated. They met one of the other undefeated teams, Salisbury Christian, in pool play and prevailed in a best-of-3 match, 25-7, 14-25, 15-13.

After getting past MDCC rival New Life 23-25, 25-6, 25-14 in the semifinals, Heritage ran into the other undefeated team, Covenant Life, in the best-of-5 final. The Eagles rallied from down two sets to one to win the championship, 18-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-19, 15-10.

“Covenant Life was a lot taller than us. Their middle was taller than Kara (Stamper), and defensively, they were better than us,” Anderson said. “Kara was so strong up front. I told the girls everybody was tired, so the only thing that could pull us through was our mental focus. Our girls didn’t give up at all.”

Anderson’s Eagles will be heavy favorites to duplicate their success in 2011. Stamper, the MDCC player of the year, is a sophomore and starters Rachel Clarke, Callie Butts, Jessica Gaylor and Kathleen Kidd are juniors.

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