On October 3rd, the La Cañada Girls’ Volleyball team held its annual “Dig for the Cure” game. The exciting game brought fans from all over town to support the fight against breast cancer.
The “Dig for the Cure” game tradition started in 2009 when rivals FSHA and LCHS set up the event to raise money for Susan G. Komen of the Cure Foundation. The Spartans and Tologs aim to continue the tradition originally started by former La Cañada head coach Brock Turner.
Despite the three set loss to FSHA, (25-14, 25-20, 25-22) the girls persevered throughout the event and improved each set.
Sophomore and libero Elizabeth Gannon said, “The crowd couldn’t have been more supportive. They had our backs through every point.”
Notable performances from the Spartans include senior Megan Reilly’s 11 kills and 10 digs, senior Julia Harbolt’s 15 digs, and sophomore Hailey Belcher’s 22 assists.
The Spartans started each set with a sizable lead, only to barely lose it in the end. The fight they put on the floor brought waves of excitement through the crowd; long rallies pulling the fans to their feet.
The stands, filled with fans dressed in pink shirts, never lost hope in the Spartans, cheering at the top of their lungs through each set.
“It was fun and for a good cause,” said freshman and outside hitter Natalie Shamilian, “I hope that one day our support will help doctors discover the cure.”
Despite the rivalry between the two schools, both can agree that the game was bigger than volleyball. It was a fight for all women-- with and without breast cancer.
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