NC hosts Dig Pink Rally

An­nual bout raises money for breast can­cer re­search

Times-Record - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

RIDGELY — North Caro­line High’s vol­ley­ball team cel­e­brated its 9th an­nual “Dig Pink” Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Rally Thurs­day by rais­ing money with county ri­val Colonel Richard­son.

The teams and fans came to­gether at the rally with the goal of rais­ing $2,500 for the Side-Out Foun­da­tion, whose goal is to make a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in the lives of breast can­cer pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.

The Bull­dogs won the match 25-15, 25-16, 25-22, but the teams felt a big­ger mis­sion Thurs­day than just win­ning a vol­ley­ball match.

“I was say­ing be­fore the

game started how amaz­ing it is that so many peo­ple came out to the game,” said North Caro­line head coach Amanda VanSkiver. “It is re­ally amaz­ing to look up and see the en­tire bleach­ers filled with peo­ple look­ing for a spot to sit.”

Colonel Richard­son head coach Jor­dan Gless­ner said the rally is spe­cial to her be­cause it is com­ing to­gether as a fam­ily.

“I feel like this event rep­re­sents our en­tire com­mu­nity very well,” she said. “This is just one of those events that shows how the county comes to­gether for a com­mon cause. It is great to see and be a part of it.”

As for the match, Haily Sears led the way for the Bull­dogs (10-1 over­all, 7-1 North Bay­side) with 12 kills. Team­mate Syd­ney Dawkins added eight kills.

“Haily was hurt a cou­ple weeks ago, and since she has come back she has worked re­ally hard,” VanSkiver said after her team’s fourth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory. “Since she has come back, she has been com­pletely driven and fo­cused. She had an out­stand­ing game. I’m proud to see her have a game like tonight.”

The Bull­dogs jumped to a 10-6 first-set lead with Sears pro­vid­ing three kills. North Caro­line steadily in­creased its lead to 20-13 with Al­li­son Yost con­trol­ling vol­leys and Aubree Strange set­ting for Sears, Dawkins and Made­lyn Rorabaught (five kills). The Bull­dogs closed the first set on a 5-2 run.

The Colonels (3-9, 1-8) went up 4-1 in the sec­ond set with three straight points off Cam­ryn Plugge’s serve. North Caro­line came right back with five straight points for a 6-4 lead with kills from Dawkins and Sears and two aces by Yost. The Bull­dogs built a 19-11 lead and cruised to a 25-16 sec­ond-set win.

“I think it was a to­tal team ef­fort win,” VanSkiver said. “The third game we switched things up a lit­tle bit. I think they did re­ally, re­ally well.”

Play was mostly even in the third set, with Colonel gain­ing the largest lead at 10-5 on the heels of an 8-2 run. Colonels Jen­nifer Lar­ri­more sparked the of­fense in the mid­dle, record­ing four kills and three blocks in the set.

“Jen re­ally stepped up in the third set,” Gless­ner said. “She is fac­ing some taller girls out there and re­ally com­peted well. For us, it is about find­ing the right com­bi­na­tions and build­ing off each set, each game.

“We lost so many se­niors to grad­u­a­tion,” Gless­ner added. “We are in a tran­si­tion and try­ing to find the right com­bi­na­tions. We just have to find that chem­istry come play­off time.”

North Caro­line tied the score, 13-13, but Rachel Jessee’s kill put the Colonels back up 14-13. The Bull­dogs went on a 7-2 run to take a 2016 lead with a kill apiece by Sears and Ser­ena O’Con­nell.

Colonel ral­lied to tie at 2222, but North Caro­line scored the fi­nal three points and take the set and match while fin­ish­ing its eighth sweep of the sea­son, a North Bay­side high.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Caro­line’s Al­li­son Yost sets the ball for a team­mate against Colonel Richard­son Thurs­day, Oct. 13.

North Caro­line’s Syd­ney Dawkins (9) spikes the ball for a point against Colonel Richard­son Thurs­day, Oct. 13.

Colonel Richard­son’s Ally Miller spikes the ball for a kill against North Caro­line Thurs­day, Oct. 13.

Colonel Richard­son’s Jen­nifer Lar­ri­more (9) spikes the ball for a point Thurs­day against North Caro­line.

North Caro­line’s Ali­son Ward leaps for a spike against Colonel Richard­son Thurs­day, Oct. 13.

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