The final full week of the regular season was symbolic of the entire slate for the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School volleyball team – some positives, some negatives.
Port St. Joe (11-9 overall, 6-4 in district play) lost a close match with Liberty County but swamped Franklin County in the Lady Tiger Sharks’ final two district matches of the year.
Traveling to Liberty County last Monday, Port St. Joe fell in four close games, 18-25, 25-21, 17-25 and 20-25.
Nicole Endres and Addison Rice each had six kills and Stephanie Brinkmeier had five.
The following night at home against Franklin County, the Lady Tiger Sharks won in three games, 25-14, 25-21 and 25-18.
Haley Wood had a team-leading seven kills and Endres and Callie Fleshren had five apiece.
Fleshren added 11 assists and Daphne Baptista had eight.
Last Thursday, Port St. Joe traveled to Bay High and were thumped 18-25, 20-25 and 18-25.
“They had too much offense,” said Port St. Joe coach Wayne Taylor. “We played hard and stayed with the much bigger (Class) 5A school.”
The junior varsity lost at Liberty County, 20-25 and 22-25, took three sets to beat Franklin County, 12-25, 25-13 and 15-6 and lost to Bay High 13-25 and 12-25.
Tonight, the Lady Gator varsity hosts Wewahitchka at 6 p.m. ET for the annual Dig Pink event.
Further, it is senior night and the team will recognize seniors Endres and Brittany King.
Dig Pink is an event played to support the Side-Out Foundation’s Dig Pink National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally to promote breast health information as well as raise funds to further research.
Dig Pink events give spectators the opportunity to become involved by making donations to the cause and by pinking-out (i.e. donning pink in support) and event t-shirts will be sold.
The proceeds from all donations, the gate and t-shirt sales will benefit the Side-Out Foundation.
The foundation is a non-profit established in 2004 to unite volleyball players and coaches from across the country to work toward the goal of making a significant and identifiable difference in the lives of breast cancer patients and their families.
The organization works to advance clinical trials, increase patient support services and educate communities.