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Cougars host 'Dig Pink' match

The University of Minnesota, Morris volleyball team dressed in pink for hosting a "Dig Pink" match against Bethany Lutheran Saturday, Oct. 25. The team includes (front row, left to right) Kacy Aasen, Natalie Thomas, Sam Pfannenstein, Colleen Hermes, Paige Lopeman, Alicia Adolph, (back row) Malinda Ridler, Tricia Steffen, Shannon Bosek, Lacey Albers, Alison Pippo, Briana Czer, Tanya Marthaler, and Casey Stott.

The University of Minnesota, Morris volleyball team continued conference play hosting Martin Luther and Bethany Lutheran at the P.E. Center last weekend.

On Friday the Cougars lost a hard-fought battle with Martin Luther.

While the Cougars lost to Bethany Lutheran on Saturday, the "Dig Pink" match was a winning event for all involved.

"Dig Pink" is a National Breast Cancer Awareness rally that takes place in October. High schools and colleges hosted "Dig Pink" matches all across the country to help educate and raise funds to help fight breast cancer.

The Side-Out Foundation was established in 2004 by a group of individuals drawn together by their love of volleyball, but who also shared a similar passion to be a part of the war against breast cancer. Side-Out's mission is to raise money for cancer research through recreational volleyball events.

After dropping both matches, the Cougars are 3-8 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference, and 8-15 overall.

Martin Luther 3

UM-Morris 2

The Cougars fought hard against Martin Luther Friday, falling in five sets by scores of 19-25, 25-12, 22-25, 25-22, and 15-8.

Natalie Thomas and Briana Czer paced the Cougars with double doubles. Thomas recorded 10 kills and 18 digs, while Czer had 13 kills and 14 digs.

Alison Pippo led the Cougars with 14 kills.

Sam Pfannenstein had 43 set assists.

Casey Stott and Colleen Hermes recorded 12 digs apiece.

Bethany 3

UM-Morris 0

Bethany Lutheran swept the Cougars 25-19, 25-13, and 25-19 Saturday afternoon.

Thomas led the Cougars with 13 kills, along with 13 digs.

Pfannenstein recorded 24 set assists.

Hermes led in the dig column with 14.