The Dig Pink in Tukee volleyball match has become a significant event in the Ahwatukee Foothills community.

So much so it has sometimes overwhelmed the match itself, but that wasn't the case this year as Desert Vista was playing for its playoff life Thursday night at Mountain Pointe.

The Thunder came away winners in both the match and the six-week breast cancer fundraising contest between the two schools.

The question now is whether it was enough.

When it comes to cancer it is never enough, but the Thunder gave themselves a shot with the 19-25, 25-17, 25-18 and 25-15 win over the Pride.

"We just don't know," Thunder coach Molly West said. "We are playing really well right now and I know we are a top 10 team, but it might not have been enough."

The Thunder (10-7 in power point matches) entered the game 26th in the Division I power rankings so it is hard to imagine them leapfrogging 10 teams to get into the 16-team field for the state tournament, which begins Tuesday.

UPDATED: The AIA released the brackets and Desert Vista came up short while the Pride secured the eighth seed and will host Basha on Tuesday.

After the win was inputted into the system, Desert Vista moved up to 18 to apparently come up short as the two teams - No. 16 Pinnacle and No. 17 North - had all of the games recorded as well.

"That is a good team and we couldn't get them off their game," said Mountain Pointe coach Fred Mann, whose team was 15-3 and projected to be the eighth seed. "If they don't make the playoffs it is a shame."

After losing the first game, Desert Vista controlled the next two. Mountain Pointe led the fourth game 12-11, but the Thunder went on 14-3 run to give themselves a slim chance of making the postseason.

"We need we had to have this one," Desert Vista junior Peyton Shuckhart said. "It was one of our best games in a long time. The atmosphere was great and we did what we had to do."

The money raised goes toward the SideOut national event that seeks awareness for breast cancer.

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Congratulations to Desert Vista on the win, but congratulations to both teams on another tremendous Dig Pink event! Your enthusiasm, hard work and dedication shine through, and Side-Out is truly grateful for your support.

Julie Matthews
Special Projects Coordinator
The Side-Out Foundation

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