South Tahoe volleyball beats Lowry, raises $1,500 for Friend to Friend in inaugural Dig Pink match |

South Tahoe volleyball beats Lowry, raises $1,500 for Friend to Friend in inaugural Dig Pink match

Anthony Gentile
The South Tahoe volleyball team created a pink version of its logo for the program’s inaugural Dig Pink match Friday, Oct. 15. The event raised $1,500 for University of California, San Francisco’s Friend to Friend specialty shop.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe volleyball team donned pink warmups prior to its 3A Northern League match against Lowry on Friday, Oct. 15. And during Breast Cancer Awareness month, it was more than just a fashion statement.

The Vikings hosted the inaugural Dig Pink match Friday inside the Blue Gym. South Tahoe beat Lowry in four sets 25-7, 25-27, 25-16, 25-14, and raised $1,500 for the University of California, San Francisco’s Friend to Friend shop in the process.

“It was a great event and I was proud to see our Viking volleyball program working hard to serve and give back to those in our community,” said South Tahoe coach Kelly Racca.

Friend to Friend is a boutique inside the UCSF Medical Center that provides wigs, clothing and prostheses for women undergoing cancer treatment. The specialty shop that opened in 1998 allows for shopping in privacy — the Vikings raised funds for the shop and had a silent auction table at Friday’s match.

On the court, South Tahoe (15-6, 8-4 3A Northern) prevailed despite playing without talented junior middle hitter McKenna Brewer for a majority of the match. Brewer missed the first three frames after her blood sugar spiked duiring warmups, and eventually returned to help the Vikings close out the win over Lowry (8-15, 6-6).

“I was really proud of the girls and how they pulled together as a team,” Racca said. “It was so amazing to watch them battle in positions they had never played to get the win.”

Sophomores Sofia Hedqvist and Layne Hembree stepped up in Brewer’s absence for the first three sets. Hedqvist finished with eight kills, eight digs, two aces and two blocks while Hembree had seven kills, two solo blocks and seven digs — both hit over .500 for the match.

Junior Novel Moses led South Tahoe’s offense against the Buckaroos with 17 kills and seven digs while senior Maya Brosch had 10 kills, five digs and a solo block. Brewer totaled six kills and two solo blocks in the fourth set, and senior Ashley Bricker finished with a match-high 25 digs.

South Tahoe returns to action at home Wednesday, Oct. 19, against Dayton. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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