Lady Trojans hit the court for special events

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Southwest volleyball will celebrate Pink Out on Thursday against Wheaton. The players include: Olivia Erwin, Harleigh Jester, Amy Reeves, Karma Romine, Sarah Terry, Jackie Quintanilla, Bonnie Robbins, Emily Wilson, Khloe Holder, Olivia Ayer and Brylee Wilson. Contributed photo

Southwest volleyball braces for busy week

Southwest volleyball has three important special events upcoming: Pink Out, Volleyfest and Senior Night.

On Thursday, the Lady Trojans will face Wheaton in their 10th annual Pink Out game celebrating breast cancer awareness. A “C” game starts at 5 p.m. with junior varsity, and varsity will follow.

“I can’t believe this is our 10th one already,” said Southwest Coach Steve Voyak. “Breast cancer affects many families, and the girls take it seriously. The varsity players will wear pink jerseys and accessories, use a pink ball, and we’ll promote breast cancer awareness throughout October.”

Southwest also plays in a Pink Out game at Galena on Oct. 18.

The team will also celebrate Family Night against Wheaton by honoring all the parents, grandparents, and guardians of the players.

“We have 30 girls in the program, so we know we have a strong group of parents that sacrifice to allow these young ladies to participate in athletics,” Voyak said.

Next, on Saturday, Southwest hosts its 36th annual Volleyfest Tournament, featuring nine schools from Missouri and Arkansas.

“Coach Tilford started this back in 1984, and now it’s one of the longest-running tournaments in the state,” Voyak said. “We started out with five or six teams in one gym and have had as many as 12.”

Golden City is new to the field this season. Pool play starts at 8 a.m., and all schools will play four games in pool play. The top four will advance to championship play, while seeds 5 and 6 play for 5th and 7 and 8 play for 7th.

Finally, Southwest celebrates Senior Night on Oct. 11 against Purdy. The Lady Trojans only have one senior, Sarah Terry. There is only one game and it will start at 6 p.m.

The ceremony will be before the match around 5:30 p.m.

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