If only cancer research was so efficient, well-rounded and exacting then families throughout the world wouldn’t be devastated as they are way too often these days.

The Desert Vista girls volleyball team made quick work of Mountain Pointe in the sixth annual Dig Pink match between the two rivals Thursday as the Thunder rolled 25-13, 25-18 and 25-17.

Desert Vista was getting kills from Hailey Harward, Vanessa Wesley, Matisse Monty, while Rachel Kramer was owning the net and Lexi Glover continued to show why she is among the best liberos in the state.

“Everyone was in tune,” Thunder coach Molly West said. “We’ve been playing a lot of tough, tough matches. We were exposed and we’ve been working on correcting our weaknesses. It was nice to put it all together.”

While getting a power-point victory against a cross-town rival is always important, the night was about the Dig Pink cause and what it does for the Side-Out Foundation.

The fundraising this year was different as the Thunder (27-10 overall, 12-3 in power ranking match) had a challenge amongst their three teams instead against of the Pride (18-17, 9-6).

Either way money was raised to push the overall total to close $60,000 since the event was started in 2008 to help Side-Out, which began in 2004 with the goal of uniting volleyball players and coaches and to have them to work toward the common goal of furthering breast cancer awareness, education and patient services.

The Thunder seemingly always play well in this game and this night was no different as they won the first game handily, came back from a 12-9 deficit in Game 2 and a 13-10 disadvantage in Game 3 to take care of the Pride.

“You never know what’s going to happen in Dig Pink matches; it’s whoever is on and we were,” Wesley said. “It was really important. Every match is important at this point in the season and have to finish strong.”

The Pride showed signs of being able to pull out the second and third games but eventually made too many mistakes.

“We did some good things and we did some silly things,” Pride coach Karen Gray said. “Our young players are still making young mistakes and you can’t do that against a team like DV.”

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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