Lorena Ubillus led the Pioneers with nine kills in the win over the Griffins. Olivia Menke complemented well with seven in the match at Providence, which hosted the inaugural Dig Pink Rally. The fundraiser included the sale of various pink-colored apparel, including T-shirts and bracelets, with all proceeds going to the SideOut Foundation and the American Cancer Society.
People may also donate through the campaign's web page: http://www.side out.org/cb/campaigns/campaign/7400.
"Overall, it was a good experience," Pioneers Coach James Jimenez said of the fundraiser. "We're already planning next year and thinking of ways to improve it."
The cause, and of course the volleyball match, resulted in a near capacity crowd that witnessed a hard-fought match, particularly in the second and third games between the league foes.
The Pioneers (13-6 overall) gave up the opening point of the match, but soon held a 7-3 lead after four consecutive points early on in the frame. The lead would not be relinquished. Menke led the way with five of her seven kills, doing her part to help the Pioneers maintain a comfortable lead.
The Griffins (2-14, 1-4) couldn't muster a good stretch and instead hurt themselves with four service errors.
Buckley showed a more inspired effort in the second game, as Providence let up just enough for a see-saw game that saw six tie scores — the final coming at 14-14, shortly before the Pioneers took control of the game.
A 4-0 stretch highlighted by a pair of Ubillus kills and consecutive aces from Menke gave Providence its largest lead of the game at 20-15. Buckley cut the advantage to three at 21-18, but Ubillus came up big with two more of her team-high six kills in the game — one on the ensuing point and the sixth on the game-clincher.