NC hosts Dig Pink Rally
Annual bout raises money for breast cancer research
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.
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.