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MHS girls host Mathews Thursday

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Four women who have been affected by cancer, Carolyn Goodrich, Sue Blake, Marie Brooks and Annie Abbott, are surrounded by the pink-clad Middlesex High School volleyball team prior to the Susan G. Komen “Play for a Cure” match on October 18. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Tom Chillemi

The Middlesex High varsity volleyball team slipped to third place in the Tidewater District with a loss to district foe King William in four games on October 18.

The Lady Chargers (3-3, 5-9) won the second game against the visiting Lady Cavaliers 25-11, but lost the remaining games 25-22, 28-26 and 25-19.

The girls took the court with the motivation and the energy, said MHS coach Jennifer Harrow. “In the first two games, the girls played strong defense and flew with ease through the second game.”

Middlesex fought hard for a tight third game, but the energy level was waning. “It was apparent in the first game we are stronger than most of the teams we have lost to. We just lose steam too quickly and begin playing scared when we get behind instead of continuing to play to our ability. 

“When I think about playing with heart every game, I think of Sarah Ann Goodrich,” said Harrow. “She goes out every game and gives her all. In this match she touched more serves than any other girl, and it’s not always because they are hers, but because she wants to make sure they are returned. I was a little worried that honoring her mom would be too emotional for her and take away from her game, but she made her mom proud.”

The contest was the Susan G. Komen “play for a cure” match and was dedicated to cancer victim Carolyn Goodrich and others who have been affected by the disease.

“Shelby Lewter had some great serves and Chelsea Hall came in with a fire that I haven’t seen in a few matches,” said Harrow.

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Lady Charger Madison Thomas (right) battles King William’s Sarah Cloude for control of the ball during the “play for a cure” game at MHS on October 18. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

Play for a Cure
The Play for a Cure event was a big success in raising money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, said Harrow. “We had many fundraisers during the week, including a raffle for a scarf, necklace and earrings. We also sold volleyballs in memory of and honor of person with cancer, ribbons and baked goods, and many of the girls got individual sponsors.

The Middlesex volleyball teams donated their portion of the 50/50 raffle, which was won by honoree Carolyn Goodrich, to the Komen Foundation. Goodrich also donated her winnings.

“Many thanks to all of the parents that baked goods to sell, and to the girls for getting sponsors and selling raffle tickets,” said Harrow.

Those who helped through donations included Lisa Major for donating a necklace, and Donna Goodman for donating earrings to be raffled.

“Many thanks to Joann Howard for volunteering to sell baked goods during the matches,” said Harrow.

“Thanks to everyone who came out to support us at the game, bought goods, participated in our raffles, and made donations,” said Harrow.  This was our most successful Play for a Cure match to date in that we raised over $1,000 for the cure!”

For Middlesex in the match, Jordan Walton had 3 aces, 6 kills, 19 assists and 7 digs; Erika Britton, 10 assists, 1 dig; Brooke Rowe, 9 kills; Chelsea Hall, 3 kills; Brittin Payne, 2 aces, 7 kills, 1 assist, 3 digs, 1 solo block; Mollie Ballantyne, 5 kills, 2 assists, 1 solo block; Shelby Lewter, 6 aces, 3 kills, 4 digs; Madison Thomas, 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 dig; Sarah Ann Goodrich, 3 aces, 6 kills, 6 digs; Angel Abbott, 2 digs; Morgan Blake, 1 ace, 3 digs; and Lauren Bleeker, 1 dig.

The volleyball teams will host Mathews in their regular season finale on Thursday, October 25. The JV plays at 6 p.m. and the varsity follows at 7:30 p.m.

The Tidewater District Tournament begins on Tuesday, October 30, with Middlesex at King William in one semifinal. The winner plays the winner of the West Point-Mathews semifinal on Thursday, November 1, at Mathews.

posted 10.24.2012

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