‘Dig Pink’ night a winner for varsity
and breast cancer awareness effort
by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Lancaster’s volleyball program had a couple of reasons to celebrate last Tuesday. First, its annual Dig Pink Night drew hundreds of pinked out spectators in support of breast cancer awareness. And two, it’s varsity team picked up a 3-1 Rappahannock River Conference win over Rappahannock.
Dig Pink Night, which benefits the Side-Out Foundation and its national breast cancer awareness rally, raised over $5,000 in the fight against the deadly disease. According to event organizer and LHS assistant volleyball coach Anna Kellum, the final tally of expenses and donations hasn’t been calculated but she estimates the volleyball program raised nearly as much as it did at last year’s event. Lancaster was third among participating high schools in the state last year with $5,765 raised.
Fans got to see a varsity win over the Raiderettes with Lancaster winning the first game, 26-24, and the second, 25-21. Rappahannock bounced back to win the third game, 25-14, before Lancaster picked up the match with a 25-18 win in the fourth game.
Carli Hanback and Le’Aira Kelly led Lancaster’s net play with Hanback putting over six kills and blocking four shots. She also put over 11 good serves. Kelly had four kills and six blocks.
Behind the service line, Brook Reed put over 14 good serves and Brittany Jones had 10 good serves with an ace. Jones also had six kills and a block.
Loren Moore had one block and served over three aces. Lori Smith had one ace, two kills and led the setters with 16 assists.
The varsity Lady Devils are now 4-4 in conference play after picking up the win over Rappahannock and losing to Northumberland, 3-0 Thursday.
The Lady Indians swept the Devils in three games, 25-12, 25-17, 25-19.
Lancaster was led on the front line by Kelly with six kills and three blocks and Hanback with two kills and a block. Caroline Merryman also had a kill and block and Jones had two kills and three aces. Smith had a kill, block and eight good serves.
Lancaster was scheduled to end regular season play this week against Colonial Beach. The conference playoffs begin next Thursday, November 7, at the site of the higher seeds.
In JV games, Lancaster lost to both Northumberland and Rappahannock last week.
The Raiderettes edged the Devils, 2-1. They rebounded after losing the opening game, 20-25, to pick up a 25-19 win and force the best-of-three match into a decisive third game. Rappahannock got by Lancaster, 15-7, in the final game to win the match.
Lancaster was led by Skylar Dixon and Kalen Benza at the net. Benza had two kills and Martin one. Martin also had four aces on serves and Skylar Dixon had one ace and one kill. Nancy McClain had one ace and Lucy Washington had two aces with eight good serves.
Northumberland swept Lancaster, 2-0, on Thursday winning the first game, 25-11, and the second, 26-24.
Martin had four kills and three aces, Benza had three aces and McClain two to lead Lancaster.