DURHAM, N.H. -- University of New Hampshire volleyball student-athlete Holly Young (Dennisport, Mass.) passed away Thursday evening (Jan. 24) after a courageous three-year battle with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

“We are deeply saddened, not only for our volleyball program, but for the University as a whole, on Holly’s passing,” Head Coach Jill Hirschinger said. “Holly was an inspiration. She always had a positive attitude and challenged herself to be the best she could be. She was a tremendous teammate, an outstanding person and a wonderful friend. We will all miss her.”

Young was diagnosed in 2004 just after her redshirt freshman season. She missed all of 2005 while in treatments, but rejoined her teammates on the sidelines in 2006.

Young attended Dennis-Yarmouth High School where she earned First-Team All-State in 2003 and was also named a Pilgrim Conference All-Star. In 2003 at Dennis-Yarmouth, she posted 158 kills, 52 aces and a .435 hitting percentage and set a team record with 18 kills in one game.

The UNH volleyball team meant the world to Holly. The volleyball community nationwide reached out to her through a Wall of Strength for Holly. UNH started its own annual Volley for Holly event where student-athletes, coaches and staff played each other and raised money for Holly’s treatment.

Holly was an avid Red Sox fan and had a special friendship with pitcher Curt Schilling, who is an advocate for cancer patients through “Curt’s Pitch for ALS.” Through the generosity of the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund Clinic, Holly attended spring training and an away game each year with other patients. In one memorable Red Sox experience, Holly finished one chemotherapy season and went to the ring ceremony on opening day in 2005.

Young, who is the daughter of Bernard and Carolyn Young and sister of Michelle Gill, died at age 22.

The family will receive friends on Monday, January 28, at the Morris and O’Connor Funeral Home, 58 Long Pond Drive, South Yarmouth, MA 02664, from 4 to 8 PM.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, January 29 at Our Lady of the Cape Church, 468 Stony Brook Rd., Brewster, MA 02631 at 11 AM.
Her family asks that in lieu of other memorials, her friends consider a donation to Solid Tumor Research, Jimmy Fund Clinic, 44 Binney St. , Boston MA 02115,  or to the Holly Young Volleyball Scholarship Fund, c/o Guidance Dept, DY Regional High School, 210 Station Ave, S. Yarmouth MA 02664.

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