When Lady Buccaneer Kirby Sabec went up for an attack during Monday night's Dig Pink match, she wasn't just looking for a kill. She was swinging for money.
Dawson Community College took on Bismarck State College in Mon-Dak Conference play at the Toepke Center, dedicating the night to Dig Pink, a national breast cancer awareness rally promoted by the Side-Out Foundation.
Sabec's mother, Rochelle Angevine of Hardin, pledged to donate $10 to the Side-Out Foundation for every kill the DCC freshman was able to put down. By the end of the night, the foundation, dedicated to breast cancer awareness, had another $80 thanks to Sabec and her mom. For Angevine, breast cancer hits home.
"My very favorite person in the world, my Aunt Dee Dee, died of breast cancer," she said. "By the time they found the cancer it was too late. So not only is finding a cure important, but breast cancer awareness is just as important." "I was really excited for our Dig Pink game because of the cause it went to," Sabec said. "I was really motivated to rack up as many kills as I could so a large donation could go to fighting breast cancer."
Angevine said she knew her daughter, a stand out at the net, would step up for the cause. "I believe in Kirby and her abilities 100 percent," she said. "She is amazing."
Right at 250 people came out for the Bucs' first-ever Dig Pink match, where the DCC team came up short of a win against the Mystics. They lost in four sets with scores of 25-22, 15-25, 23-25 and 24-26.
Coach John Marble said he was proud of the team's performance and such an enthusiastic crowd. "It was a fun event," he said. "The team played great. We served aggressively, played good defense and blocked incredibly well," he said. "It was the best blocking match for us this year."
Sophomore Janelle Sheeran topped the school's blocking record, putting up five solos. Freshmen Megan Young and Ariel Johnson each put down nine kills followed by Sabec's eight. Setter Terah Lund had 30 assists and Amanda Shadbolt came up with 16 digs. Shadbolt, Johnson and Young each served two aces on the night.
"What a great evening," Marble said. "It was wonderful to see the crowd in the gym. The stands filled with pink was a great testimony to the community support for our young program."
The Buccaneers, in their second season, now are 4-24 on the year with 13 matches left to play.
They are back at the Toepke Center at 7 p.m. Thursday in Region IX action against Wyoming's Sheridan College. Their final home match of the season is Oct. 17, when they play both at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Toepke.