Volley For Vets

Saffron Walter

Support for the veterans of the armed forces continues with the annual Volley for Vets volleyball game..
According to coach Beth Gealow, the fundraiser wasn’t always for veterans. “When Coach Crum started coaching, we decided to switch the fundraiser from raising money for cancer to raising money for vets. “We wanted to be different from other schools, since all the other schools were raising money for cancer. And we have a lot of vets around here.” They held a raffle, sold t-shirts and sold tickets to the game.
Speaking of the game, the players had quite a bit to say about it. Senior Jenna Nink, who is an outside hitter, had 7 kills and 3 aces. Sophomore Olivia Denny had 5 kills and 3 aces. Both girls expressed similar sentiment about their wins and achievements from that night. “It was awesome. . .we stepped it up for the vets. It was a huge win over Sandwich, which was a conference team,” Nink said. “It was great because we hadn’t won in a while,” Denny said.
Three games were played for the competition, which included the freshman, junior varsity, and varsity teams. The varsity team won the first two games, with scores of 25-14 and 25-22. The Junior Varsity team won two games and lost the middle one. The scores were 25-17, 25-19 25-13. The Freshman team won 0 games.
Win or lose, the veterans were the real winners of the night. According to Coach Crum, an estimated $3,000 was raised for V. E. T. Service Dogs, which is an organization that trains dogs to comfort and assist veterans.