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Volleyball Hosts Annual Pink Out Night Against Murray State on Tuesday

Volleyball Hosts Annual Pink Out Night Against Murray State on Tuesday

Oct. 25, 2010

by Bo Bunton
Southeast Missouri State Sports Information

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. - As the month of October comes to an end, the 2010 Southeast Missouri State volleyball team will celebrate breast cancer awareness with its annual "Pink Out" match, tomorrow night against Murray State at 7:00 p.m.

The annual event wraps up the month-long "Dig for Life" campaign, which was founded in 2000 by former head volleyball coach Cindy Gannon. The campaign raises money to fund about 200 local women for a mammogram screening, who otherwise could not afford it. Coach Gannon lost her mother in 2000 to breast cancer, and started a foundation that gathers pledges for every dig that the Redhawks team accumulates during home matches in October.

A ceremony during halftime of a home November basketball game in which the check is presented, commemorates the tag team effort between the volleyball team and Saint Francis Medical Center.

Heach Coach Renata Heard is happy that her teams contributions through playing collegiate volleyball, can help with the fight and awareness of breast cancer. "It's a great feeling to know that this campaign can help with the awareness of breast cancer, and better yet to help out local women here in Southeast Missouri," said Heard.

Senior Meagan Webb digs a ball during a Dig for Life match

Coach Ren's team has compiled 281 digs in four home October matches this season, which averages to 17.56 digs per set. Senior Kelly Benacka leads the Redhawks with 73 digs, followed by fellow senior Meagan Webb with 52. Claire Keaton has 39 digs, while freshman Julie Shives has added 34 digs. "I get to do something that I love to do and I am passionate about, while helping save lives one dig at a time," said Benacka, who has compiled 949 digs in four years.

The Redhawks host Murray State tomorrow night, a conference opponent that the red and black lost to in four sets on October 15. Freshman Andrea Baylin had her second double-double of the season with 10 kills and 12 digs in the match, while Keaton had 12 kills and 19 digs. The Redhawks played the Racers extremely close, losing all three sets by six points or less.

Tuesday's match will be aired live via webcast on KFVS.com, the third of four webcast matches of the 2010 season. The next webcast will be on senior night on November 6, against Austin Peay. The Redhawks will honor Emily Hughes, Kelly Benacka, Claire Keaton, Meagan Webb, and Kacie Ritter.

Live stats will be available tomorrow night, click Southeast Missouri vs. Murray State to view.

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