Oct. 17, 2012
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College volleyball team picked up a much-needed victory and raised money for a much-needed cause Wednesday night at John Lewis Gymnasium.
The Chargers beat Black Hawk 25-19, 11-25, 26-24, 25-13 in an Arrowhead Conference match and donated proceeds from their Pink Out Night to Braves coach Mary Davis, a breast cancer survivor who is now battling bone cancer.
Sandburg (13-11, 6-5) used a 7-0 run to take control of the first set, but the Braves jumped to a 20-7 lead in the second to even things up. Sandburg staved off two set points in the third and finished with four straight points, capped by a block from freshman outside hitter Sadie Van Norman.
“I think that was a big turning point,” said sophomore libero Dani Lessard, who had a team-leading 20 digs. “That was the point where we really got all our energy back and thought we could go on to win.”
The Chargers then used a 7-0 run to take an 8-3 lead in the fourth and all but put the match away with six straight points to make it 20-10. The match was the final home contest for sophomores Lessard, middle hitter Caitlyn Godfrey and outside hitter Mercedes Sazone.
“It was nice to win anyway because we’ve kind of been struggling until the last two nights,” said Godfrey, who had six kills, two blocks and an ace. “We were even more pumped up coming in because it was Pink Out Night.”
Sazone led a balanced Chargers attack with eight kills. Godfrey, freshman outside hitter Courtney Learned and freshman setter Lexa Mahr each added six kills. Mahr also picked up 22 assists while freshman Ashley Rupert had 11 digs and Sazone picked up 10.
“We got one little spark and then another and things started to go our way,” Chargers coach Todd Winkler said.
The match included multiple fundraisers for Davis, including T-shirt sales, a silent auction, a raffle and a contest between sets.
“I wanted to do this because of Mary,” Winkler said. “I’ve known Mary a long time. She’s a great person and she’s a fighter. It was a great night.”
Sandburg travels to the Kishwaukee Invitational on Thursday through Saturday in Rockford and has its conference and regular season finale at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at Kishwaukee.