Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dig Pink a Huge Success!


Tonight had it all...big hits, big blocks, incredible digs, milestones, AND we raised a lot of money for a great cause!  The final tally will probably take a couple of days as pledges continue to come in and shirts continue to sell, but the Viking Volleyball family is very appreciative of all of the fans who came out to support our Dig Pink event tonight (or supported from afar).  I think the fans that made it to the Cage tonight would say that they got their money's worth!

Here are the winners of the jersey auction:

#1 Meredith Hopper - winning bidder Michael Hopper for $200
#2 Krista Miller - winning bidder Donna Miller for $40
#3 Sarah Steffan - winning bidder Anonymous Donor for $50
#4 Christy Meggitt - winning bidder Anonymous Donor for $50
#5 Stormy Coppotelli - winning bidder Terry Coppotelli for $100
#6 Kelsey Lochstampfor - winning bidder Elysa Lochstampfor for $25
#7 Stephanie Quinn - winning bidder Yvette Dickens for $40
#9 Chrissy Ricketts - winning bidder Matt Ricketts for $100
#10 Claire Scott - winning bidder Bill Scott for $100
#11 Kristin Hargrove - winning bidder Anonymous Donor for $50
#12 Gretchen Kaufman - winning bidder Suzanne Kaufman for $40
#13 Megan Woodall - winning bidder Anonymous Donor for $50
#14 Kiersten Hammock - winning bidder Ginger Swann for $100

Total amount raised for the Side-Out Foundation from the jersey auction = $945
(Game jerseys were donated by Kessler Sports, so 100% of this money goes to the cause!)

Gate receipts, t-shirt sales, pledges, and spare change collections will be tallied in the next couple of days. Check back for our final total raised!

Thanks again to everyone who helped make this a successful event!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Dig Pink - Jersey Auction and more!

On Tuesday, October 25, Berry Volleyball will hold our first annual Dig Pink event to raise money and awareness to benefit the Side Out Foundation, a charitable organization that is committed to the unification of the sport of volleyball and its alliance with the movement for breast cancer awareness, education, and research.  You can click on the link above to donate directly to help us reach our fundraising goal of $2,500, or you can help us reach our goal in a number of other ways.

1) Attend our match versus Covenant on October 25, and 100% of the gate admission will go towards the cause!

2) Bring your spare change to donate at the event.  We will be passing around a special volleyball "bank" to collect change.

3) Pledge to donate an amount of money per dig that we make in our Oct 25 match.  We are averaging 16.45 digs per set which means we are likely to have between 49 and 82 digs in the match depending on how many sets we play.  So, a pledge of $.50 per dig would mean a donation of between $24.50 and $41.  You can e-mail Coach Mika Robinson at mrobinson@berry.edu or contact your favorite player to make a pledge.

4) Buy a Berry Dig Pink shirt at the event or by e-mailing Coach Mika Robinson at mrobinson@berry.edu.  Shirts are $10 each and are available in adult sizes.

5) Buy one of the game jerseys in our jersey auction!  To bid on a jersey, e-mail Coach Mika Robinson at mrobinson@berry.edu to get a bid number.  You may e-mail Coach Robinson as often as you like to update your bid.  This post will be updated to reflect current bids.  Remote bidding will close at 3:00pm on Oct 25 and silent auction bidding will re-open at the match.  If you are unable to attend the match, you can e-mail a "high bid" to be applied at the end of the evening.  The following jerseys are available for auction:


 #      Player Name                     Current Bid Amount              Current High Bid #
#1     Meredith Hopper                             $200                                              5
#2     Krista Miller                                      $40                                              10
#3     Sarah Steffan                                  $20                                               1
#4     Christy Meggitt                                 $20                                               1
#5     Stormy Coppotelli                            $100                                              4
#6     Kelsey Lochstampfor                       $20                                               1
#7     Stephanie Quinn                             $40                                               6
#9     Chrissy Ricketts                               $100                                              3
#10   Claire Scott                                      $100                                              7
#11   Kristin Hargrove                               $20                                               1
#12   Gretchen Kaufman                          $20                                               1
#13   Megan Woodall                               $20                                               1
#14   Kiersten Hammock                          $50                                               9

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What happened to September?

After realizing that we haven't updated our blog since the first weekend, I realized just how quickly the first half of our season has gone!  After returning from California determined to improve, we did just that! We opened at home against Reinhardt with a solid victory in front of our always great home crowd and then won all four matches in the Cage that weekend to claim our 4th consecutive Berry Invitational Championship.  So, after our 0-4 start, we quickly found ourselves 5-4 and all seemed right again.

The beginning of the next week brought more challenges as we dropped a close four set match on the road to Piedmont, and we all felt like we could have played better.  However, as I am beginning to realize about this team, they are terrific at bouncing back.  We went on the road two days later and beat a very solid Faulkner team in three sets.

From there, our attention quickly turned to preparing to host our cross town rival Shorter the following Tuesday.  In front of a record crowd (over 1,000 fans in the Cage that night), we lost a tight four set match, but there were a light of bright moments.  See a few highlights below.

The following weekend we headed to Emory to play in their homecoming tournament.  I don't know when I have been so proud of a group of players as I was that weekend.  We went into the weekend with a variety of challenges including injuries, illness, and a team member having lost a loved one.  When it was all said and done, we played three five set matches (won two and lost one of them) and THEN played #3 in the country with a line up we had only practiced one day and competed very well.  Our team's heart and competitive spirit over the course of that long weekend was something to be admired.  Along the way we were also fortunate to have one of our families host us for brunch, and it was the perfect way to start that second day of the tournament.

This past week brought more challenges as the majority of our team were struggling with some type of cold/flu.  It was a rough start to the week as we dropped our match on the road, but we rebounded to defeat an NCAA DII school in the Cage to kick off Mountain Day weekend and honor our parents.  Below is a short video that we shared on parent night prior to introducing the parents before the match.  Enjoy!

Speaking of honors, two of our players reached really big milestones this month.  Senior outside hitter Claire Scott and junior libero Kristin Hargrove both reached 1,000 career digs.  It was fitting that they reached this milestone so close together as they compliment each other so well on our back row.  We were able to honor them prior to our parents' night match and present each of them with the game ball that was in play when they made their 1,000th dig.

We head to Shorter again tonight!  Looking forward to sharing some great highlights from tonight's match!  Go Vikings!