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The St. Catharine College volleyball team played two tough opponents last week and came out on the short end of both matches. But the Patriots helped in the effort to defeat another foe when they held Tuesday’s match to raise money to fight breast cancer.
Tuesday’s event in Lourdes Hall, part of a national campaign called Dig Pink, was a match against conference rival University of the Cumberlands. While the visitors won the match 3-0 (25-5, 25-12, 25-23), a near capacity crowed turned out to help the cause of breast cancer research.
“Except for the outcome of the match I thought the night went really well,” said St. Catharine coach Juanita Mangan. “We handed out 100 t-shirts which I have seen people wearing since then in Bardstown and Springfield. It helps to bring awareness of this during Breast Cancer Research month.”
In game three of Tuesday’s match it appeared that the Patriots, 1-30, might keep the match alive as they led 21-16. But Cumberlands, 12-12, finished with a 9-2 run to win the match.
Saturday at Oakland City University (Indiana) the Patriots fell 25-11, 25-8, 25-17 to the Oaks, 16-3, who are ranked 13th nationally in NCAA Division II. The score did not exactly reflect the Patriots’ play, however, according to Mangan.
“We jumped out 7-2 in the first game but then they had a server who just picked us apart,” said Mangan. “We were in a rotation that we needed to get out of but couldn’t get the serve back. We then played better in the third game but had too much ground to make up.”
St. Catharine is back in action at home today and Thursday. They will play Midway College tonight and Indian University-Southeast Thursday.
Both matches start at 7 p.m. Saturday they are in Berea where they will play Berea and West Virginia Tech.