The conference regular season of high school volleyball came to a close Monday with Bandys picking up a road win against Bunker Hill, 25-13, 25-6, 25-19.
Monday was less about the actual game and more about the festivities of the evening with the Lady Bears putting together their first-ever “Dig Pink” night to help raise money for cancer awareness through the Side-Out Foundation.
Through the sales of T-shirts and a silent auction, the Bunker Hill community raised more than $2,000 for the foundation, which is centered around the sport of volleyball and cancer awareness.
“Our goal was $1,200 and we got past that with just the silent auction,” said Tracy Pump, who organized the event. “We got far more support from this than we ever imagined. I’m very, very excited. I’m looking forward to next year.”
By purchasing T-shirts for $10 each, fans were also allowed to enter Monday’s game for free, further helping the cause for the Side-Out Foundation.
Eighteen local organizations made donations, including monetary gifts, door prizes, T-shirts and auction items.
“The shirts were made by Once Upon A Stitch in Claremont,” Pump said. “We did everything local. Everyone who gave was local, which says a heck of a lot about our community.”
Before the game got started, five individuals from the Bunker Hill and Bandys communities were honored for their bouts with cancer, including Sharon Arnold, Erin Sipe, Charity Rudisill and the late Capitola Vandambrouck and Pat Wimberly.
Bandys coach Randi Keith was even inspired to give back.
“I think they did a good job of reaching out to the community,” Keith said. “It makes other coaches like me and others get involved and do more. Seeing how they’ve done it, I want to put something together next year so we can help out, too.”
When action got under way on the court, it was the Lady Trojans who won, improving to 13-1 both overall and in conference play. Leading the team was Chelsey Queen with 18 kills, 10 digs and five blocks.
Madi Story and Taylor Sigmon chipped in 11 kills each.
“I think we did pretty good,” Keith said. “We weren’t the sharpest, but they still do a really good job of being where they are supposed to be, being very consistent in everything they do. We just have to make sure we are prepared for the conference tournament, don’t take anyone lightly and give it everything we’ve got.”
Bunker Hill finishes the regular season with a 4-10 record in conference and 5-16 overall.
Both teams look ahead to the Catawba Valley 2A volleyball tournament, which is scheduled to start Wednesday.
“I’ve been giving everyone a shot to get out there to see what I have for the playoffs,” Keith said. “I’m also planning for the future. We have a very steady line-up, but we’ve been seeing some new things here and there just to change it up a little bit.”