October 13, 2011

Gallaudet ups win streak to eight on Dig Pink night

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A pink-clad crowd watched Gallaudet University increase its women's volleyball win streak to eight on Thursday night at the Field House as the Bison defeated Penn St.-Harrisburg in straight sets 3-0 (25-3, 25-16, 25-10) in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) match. This is the 16th time this season Gallaudet (20-6, 6-1 NEAC) has won in straight sets.

This is the third consecutive year (sixth overall) the Bison have reached 20 wins under the direction of head coach Lynn Ray Boren, now in his seventh season.

Gallaudet participated in the annual American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Dig Pink night and sported special pink game jerseys to show their support the fundraising initiative of the Side-Out Foundation, which benefits breast cancer patients. Prior to the start of the match Penn St.-Harrisburg presented Gallaudet University with a special pink volleyball, which was used in the game for the first point, and a generous donation for the Side-Out Foundation. Over 950 college, middle/high school, and club volleyball coaches and teams are involved in supporting Dig Pink each year. All proceeds from the game will be donated to the Side-Out Foundation. A lot of fans came dressed in pink to show their support for the cause as well. If you were unable to attend but would like to make a donation please log onto:
www.side-out.org/application/ous/fundraising_page/2503.

Gallaudet freshman middle hitter Kali Frowick (Norfolk, Neb.) led the Bison with six kills and three blocks as Boren played every player in uniform and substituted freely throughout the match. Junior Mari Klassen (White Rock, British Columbia) posted six service aces as she took over the serve in the first set with Gallaudet winning 7-3. She didn't give up the serve as the Bison scored 18 consecutive points en route to the 25-3 first set win. Junior defensive specialist Lauren Benedict (Germantown, Md.) made 10 digs to lead the Bison. Freshmen Julia Wolff (Belleville, Ontario), Gabriella Beyer (Austin, Texas) and Carly Weyers (Lincoln, Neb.) logged valuable minutes and had a hand in the Bison win.

Penn St.-Harrisburg (6-16, 1-6) was led by Chidere Igwe and Michelle Pellechia who recorded three kills and six digs apiece.

Gallaudet will hit the road this weekend to complete its NEAC regular-season schedule in Harrisburg, Pa. The Bison will face Cazenovia College (7-13, 3-3) and Keuka College (12-6, 3-3) on Saturday, Oct. 15, followed by a Sunday match against SUNY Cobleskill (5-16, 0-7).