October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each year the Colorado High School Activities Association's "Think Pink" campaign, held in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, urges teams to promote awareness of breast cancer during October.
This year, the Paonia and Hotchkiss volleyball teams met at Paonia High School on Oct. 2, to celebrate Pink Night, an evening of games and contests, prizes and volleyball. This year's event even included a marriage proposal.
More than 30 businesses and numerous individuals and families from the Hotchkiss and Paonia communities contributed to the event, which benefited Delta County Hospice & Palliative Care.
"It is so special that you can come out and support this," said Lynn Shirk, community development coordinator for Hospice. "I just so much enjoy being a part of this event."
With Hotchkiss moving to Class 2A this year, the match also counted toward each team's league record. Paonia claimed the win in three straight sets (25-8, 25-21, 25-15).
The Lady Bulldogs' strongest hitter/blocker, Daryl Batt, was out for the week due to an illness. Savannah Rocha stepped up to record two kills, with Jessie Violett, Ciara Beegle and Katie Richards each contributing one.
Hotchkiss was able to successfully block Paonia's power hits on two occasions, and both were by Richards.
The Lady Eagles offense hammered in 32 kills, led by Ce'rra Carsten with 10 and Easton Hartigan with 9. The Paonia defense recorded 46 digs and 41 successful serve receptions with only two errors. Paonia also handed Hotchkiss 16 points on service errors.
It was hard to make adjustments and cover for Batt, especially against a strong team like Paonia, said Richards, who helped lead the junior varsity squad to a 2-0 win over Paonia earlier in the evening.
And while there are a lot of cross-over connections between the two schools, "I still think it was about volleyball," said Richards. "We came to play our game."blog comments powered by Disqus