Southwest volleyball team to host Pink Out game on Oct. 4

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Lady Trojans go pink The Southwest High School volleyball team, pictured above in their special pink uniforms, will hold a Pink Out game on Tuesday, Oct. 4. In the front row, from left, are: Sharllana Gonzales, Jessica Henderson, Lauren Mitchell, Kayna McNabb, Brittney Hackett, Stormie Barnett and Randi Woods. Second row: Megan Light, Chelsie Leoy, Brittney Mitchell, Taylor Mettlach, Jerri Lynn Henry, Shannon Mitchell, Montana Hendrix, Sam Barberio and Atisha Boudreau.

In honor of breast cancer awareness and education, the Southwest High School volleyball team will hold a Pink Out game Tuesday, Oct. 4.

The Lady Trojans face McAuley Catholic in an Ozark 7 Conference game in Washburn. The jayvee game begins at 6 p.m. with the varsity game to follow. Southwest will play with special pink uniforms and a pink ball.

"Many lessons come outside the classroom," said Southwest Coach Steve Voyak. "Breast cancer is a deadly disease, and it affects woman and their families everywhere. Our goal is to raise some money for research and to teach girls and women the importance self-breast exams, mammograms and early detection."

In addition to the volleyball game, guest speakers are planned that week at school, and the players and parents are sponsoring a bake sale. An educational slide show will be featured in the commons area with brochures on breast cancer. Also, special pink T-shirts are on sale for $10. Anybody wearing pink to the game will be admitted free.

Southwest sponsored its first Pink Out last season in a game against Purdy.

"It's fun. It's different. It's important," said Coach Voyak. "The girls worked hard last season, and we had a nice crowd and I think the community enjoyed the event."

Last week's games

In volleyball action last week, the Lady Trojans earned a conference win over Verona and placed fifth in 10-team Diamond Tournament.

In the game against Verona, junior outside hitter Chelsie Leroy had 10 digs as Southwest improved to 2-1 in the Ozark 7 Conference.

At Diamond, Southwest downed Exeter in the fifth place game 25-15, 25-14. The Lady Trojans also defeated Sarcoxie and tied Diamond and Purdy, while losing to Lamar.

Taylor Mettlach and Shannon Mitchell combined for 50 attacks and 20 blocks, while Jerri Lynn Henry made all 33 of her serves and finished with eight aces.

"Diamond is a fantastic team," said Coach Voyak. "We showed what we are capable of when we limit mistakes and play with passion and intelligence. It was great to take a set from them.

"We showed a lot of heart beating Exeter at the end of a long day and long stretch of games," continued Voyak. "We could have easily given in there and used fatigue as an excuse, but we didn't."

Southwest plays games this week at Pierce City, Hurley and Wheaton.

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