Mountain Pointe won the pink volleyball trophy, but Desert Vista’s varsity volleyball team won the match this year, in the second “Dig Pink in Tukee” fundraising event
The event, presented locally by title sponsor SimonMed, is a national fundraiser benefiting the Sideout foundation’s efforts in breast cancer research and education. Locally, the month-long fundraising event is capped by a Mountain Pointe-Desert Vista rivalry match, with pink as the overriding theme.
Together Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe raised $11,705 in raffle ticket sales alone. With the Pride securing $6,505 in ticket sales, Mountain Pointe took home the “winner’s” trophy for the second consecutive season. Desert Vista’s side contributed $5,200 to the raffle ticket total. In all, approximately $23,000 is expected to be counted when all donations, ticket sales, and sponsorship sources are accounted for. Officials for the local Dig Pink contingent expect the DV-MP pairing to again be the largest joint fundraising effort among the more than 1,000 participating schools.
On the court, second-ranked Desert Vista (34-4) overcame the raucous noise from a near-capacity crowd – mostly dressed in pink – to beat the Pride 25-23, 25-17, 20-25, 25-23, at Mountain Pointe.
“It was really hard to hear and communicate, so we had some mis-fires,” Desert Vista coach Molly West said. “But that’s (the kind of atmosphere) we need for state.”
Neither team dominated the match.
“We expected a war,” West added, “but it would have been nice if it had been a little easier. I think we had a lot of reliance played together they didn’t get down didn’t look at the scoreboard. We just tried to keep it simple.”
Last season the Thunder won the Dig Pink match in the Storm Center.
“This is a great rivalry and that’s why we wanted to Dig Pink with Mountain Pointe,” West added.
The Pride stayed with the Thunder almost volley-for-volley.
“Our girls played very well,” Pride coach Brian Wagner said. “I thought at times we played the best we’ve played all season. We rose to the occasion. Even without people here this is a big match and when you add the crowd it becomes more exciting.”
–Brett Fera contributed to this report.