Pink Game ends volleyball season

Kaylee Pratt elevates for a spike against in-state rival Norwich University.
Christopher Williams/Castleton Spartan

The Lady Spartans took the court for their season finale against rival Norwich on Wednesday night. They were fired up, not just because they were playing Norwich, but because they were also fighting cancer in the third annual pink game.

“As a team we really enjoy and take pride in supporting any type of cause such as Breast Cancer Awareness. Not only did we do our part by having a pink game, but we decided to, as a team, participate in the making strides walk that took place this past weekend,” said junior Kaylee Pratt.

The girls came out in their pink uniforms, while friends and family sold a variety of items including cupcakes, cookies and brackets, with all proceeds going to Making Strides.

“Making Strides raises a huge amount of money in order to focus on breast cancer research and they have hosted their walk on campus the past few years,” player and Making Strides representative Kristi Lawless said. “The fact that our athletes and other groups can come out and make a difference is incredible. It’s important to not only the Making Strides organization in its entirety but also to the college and the community.”

Making Strides has the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, bringing more than 300 communities together. They raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services, and access to mammograms for women who need them.

The girls finished their season with a 9-14 record and just missed out on the NAC tournament with there loss to Norwich in straight sets.

“The team showed a lot of growth and strength this season” coach Nicole Kondziela said. “It was a disappointing way to end the season, just missing out on NAC play.”

The Spartans my have had a difficult season, but they were all smiles after the game.

“I think we had an incredible season! We have improved in all aspects this year! Even though we didn’t make conference playoffs, I think we really did have a great season,” said Amanda Chambers. 

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