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Kylie Polsgrove sends a shot across the net as teammates Morgan Lecka and Haley Woody lend
support during Avery's ‘Dig For a Cure’ Night victory against Mitchell. Photo by Jamie Shell

Originally published: 2012-09-26 13:20:45
Last modified: 2012-09-26 13:20:45

AHS volleyball downs Mitchell on ‘Dig For a Cure Night’

Kortnie Curry (

The Lady Vikings volleyball team hosted a “Dig For a Cure” match against Mitchell on Thursday, Sept. 20. The night was to raise awareness for breast cancer and cancer research. The team wore special pink uniforms for the occasion and honored AHS teacher Penny Bentley, who is a breast cancer survivor.

“It was a special night,” said coach Jimmy Tilley. “It was something that the kids really wanted to do.”

The team planned the majority of the night and it was the players’ idea to honor Bentley. Before the match, the team read a letter the players had written for Bentley. The letter said that Bentley is a “lover, mother, teacher, friend and super woman.” The letter also states that Bentley can add “survivor, hero and a fighter” to that list.

The night started off with Avery coming out strong and winning the first set 25-17. The team lost the second match with a close score of 24-26. According to Tilley, the girls relaxed in the second set and Mitchell gained some momentum and was able to pull away and win the set.

“It woke us up for the next two,” added Tilley about the second set.

The Lady Vikings won the final two sets with easy posting scores of 25-16 and 25-15. The junior varsity team also saw success against Mitchell by winning its game in two straight sets. The Lady Vikings are currently 10-3 overall and 4-2 in the conference. The team’s record places it in third place in the conference behind Hendersonville and Polk. 

“We have a chance of at least tying for the conference championship,” added Tilley.

The Lady Vikings returned to action on Monday, Sept. 24, when the team traveled to Mountian Heritage. This game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 18, but was postponed due to flooding. On Tuesday, Sept. 25, the team heads to Owen for a 4:30 p.m. match. The team finishes off it’s week on Thursday, Sept. 27, when the team travels to Thomas Jefferson for another 4:30 p.m. match.