The ninth annual Dig Pink match between Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe girls volleyball teams Monday was a five-set tough back and forth match won by the Pride, 18-25, 25-13, 25-17. 24-26, 15-13.
While the annual tussle was tight on the floor, the fundraiser tied to it went to Desert Vista yet again.
The official numbers weren’t in just yet, but the Thunder had close to 940 tickets sold for about $3,800 and Mountain Pointe had over six hundred.
It doesn’t take in account the silent auction, on-site donations and purchases.
Regardless of the final total it is a continuation of great support of Side Out and their Dig Pink campaign that helps raised Breast Cancer Awareness.
The event has raised more than $80,000 over the years and is considered one of the top fundraising groups in the nation for Side Out.
A year ago Desert Vista was considering one of the top teams in the nation on the floor, but it has been a bit of a transition year.
The Thunder (21-17, 5-5 in region) won the first and fourth set against the Pride (32-7, 8-1 in region) and were within 14-13 in the final game.
“It was a tough and important match for us,” Desert Vista coach Molly West said. “Not only was it Dig Pink, it was a region match and power point match. We played with a lot of heart and scrappy defense
“It was a great team effort and was really proud of how resilient they were. Painful to lose 13-15 in the 5th.”
The Thunder were led by Kendall Glover’s 33 digs and Hailey Dirrigl’s double double of 19 kills and 16 digs, along with four aces.
It wasn’t enough to top Mountain Pointe, which is making a push for a top five seed and is ranked No. 22 in the nation by Prep Volleyball.
Chapin Gray had 16 kills and 13 digs, Avery Luoma had 15 kills and Piper Manross had 13 kills in the middle. Libero Anna Morse had 30 digs and Gabby Leo had 51 assists.
“I knew that it would be a tough match,” Pride coach Karen Gray said. “DV has been playing better as of late, it's a big match between the two schools and it's hard to beat a good team a third time. I thought we played OK - more hitting errors than usual, but we played good defense and passed well overall.”
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