Dig Pink Volleyball Tournament

Hey it’s Noah your host of Home Game
Heroes. For the past four years in the first weekend of October I’ve had the
pleasure of covering the Bulldog Digging for a Cure Volleyball Tournament. Not
only is the volleyball exciting but it is also South Suburban Colleges annual
opportunity to promote breast cancer awareness. This year the proceeds from
all concession sales are donated to the Cancer Support Center in Homewood
Illinois. According to breastcancer.org about one
in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.
All the ladies participating in this tournament more than likely, some will be
affected by these health concerns. So to all the mothers, daughters, and sisters
out there South Suburban College hopes to do their part to help out. Now on to the
volleyball! The Lady Bulldogs won their first match over Ancilla three sets to
one. The scores were 21 to 25, 25-13, 25-22,
and 28 to 26. SSC rallied back from a four-point
deficit in the fourth set to close out the match. All match long Mya Garrett
led the offense, while Arrrion Pamon and Alexa Ciesielski stood out defensively at
the net. In the second match Coach Orth got after the ladies with some tough
coaching and it paid off. The Bulldogs found themselves down by
three late in the first set to the Dupage. Once again defense at the net kept hopes
alive for SSC, and they rattled off seven of the last eight points played to take
the set 25 to 19. The second set, Delaney Soto proved why she is so valuable to
the Bulldogs success, diving on the floor for digs, her hustle always fires up the
rest of the team. Antoinette McDonald, Mya Garrett and
Grace Eizenga led the offense as the home team in pink took down the Chaparels in
straight sets. After a break, the Lady Bulldogs came out flat against McComb
and lost the first set 25 to 19. The two teams traded points with long
back-and-forth rallies. A nice pass by Jocelyn Meraz to Arrion Pamon gave SSC
some momentum, which Grace Eizenga took advantage of with a big kill to close
out the second set, 25 to 17 Bulldogs. The third set, a 25-22 victory for SSC
came via spikes at the net by Alexa Ciesielski and Demaris Gomez. The Lady
Bulldogs finished the day with three wins and no losses, improving their
overall record to 13 and 11. South Suburban thanks all the ladies from
College of DuPage, Macomb, Ancilla and Olivet Nazarene for participating in the
tournament. The exciting action on the court brings out the best of what this
day is all about. Terrific job ladies! As for Home Game
Heroes, Coach Orth and I agreed that all day long,
Grace Eizenga was the difference maker in all three victories. She seemingly never
came out of the game, time after time coming up with big points, especially in
the second match versus DuPage. With an all-around game, including service and
blocks at the net Grace’s play was outstanding. For putting Game three away
with 11 kills Grace Eizenga is our Home Game Hero. Thanks again to everyone from
fans, players, and coaches for participating in the Digging for a Cure
Tournament. Your Host of Home Game Heroes, I’m Noah Nowicki, and we will see you
next time.

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