Varsity girls’ volleyball team beats Schaumburg while promoting breast cancer awareness

Allison Wise

As volleyballs fly through the air, a poster hangs to remind players and spectators of the special cause of the night’s match.

In their last MSL West conference game of the season, the Conant’s varsity girls’ volleyball team secured a close victory against Schaumburg. The team hit their stride in the second set with a final score of 25-19.

The team was able to build energy and confidence during the game, which showed in the team’s late victory. “I think today I really connected with our setter Gianna,” varsity middle blocker Jessie Hairrell said. “All of the parts of the team were flowing really well.”

Other players also expressed the importance of unity on the court. “We definitely had way more energy, trust, and confidence in each other,” varsity outside hitter Brianna Spetka said. “That really played a big role in us winning.”

Varsity coach Drewann Pancratz explained, “Today started out slow, but it was a great team win. They showed [great] energy and support for each other.”

Conant’s varsity team was decked out in matching pink camouflage rather than their usual navy alongside the Saxon’s pastel pink for a reason: both teams were playing for a good cause.

This “pink-out” was the annual breast cancer awareness match, newly dubbed “Dig for a Cure.” With pink streamers draped over the banisters and adorning the bleachers, the passion for the cause and overall excitement on both sides was palpable.

“As a thirteen-year cancer survivor, seeing the breast cancer awareness every year makes me really happy,” Lori Stella, Conant English teacher, said. “I try to catch games whenever I can.”

The girls volleyball team will have their next home match on Tuesday, Oct 19, against Buffalo Grove. It will be senior night, an annual tradition to celebrate the student athletes in their Senior year and their last high school season.

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Johanna Selmeczy

Johanna Selmeczy is an Editor-in-Chief and a senior at Conant. This is her second year on the Crier Staff. At Conant, Johanna is a part of Conant Theatre, Speech Team, Improv and NHS. Outside of Conant, Johanna enjoys playing guitar and writing creatively.

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