Winning for a Cause


The Girls’ Volleyball Team after their game on Think Pink Day.

October is many people’s favorite month, mainly because of the changing weather and Halloween—who can resist crunching a red leaf under foot when they’re walking to school or eating some delicious candy corn?

October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month.  On October 15th, the BC community supported the cause by wearing pink—Mr. Jacquet even brought out his pink pants, high socks, and Victoria’s Secret sweatshirt.  The varsity girls volleyball team hosted a game against SIA while running a bake sale to raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a walk for breast cancer that occurred in Prospect park on October 19th, and all around the country.  The team fought hard in a five set game for an exciting win in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.

The game was thrilling to say the least.  The girls played hard in five sets and represented the women who battled and are currently battling against breast cancer.  In the fifth set, Alex Pachter served 11 points in a row, helping the team in the deciding match.  Savana Minerva and Alice Leshchinskaya, both sophomores, showed amazing talent as middles with multiple blocks and kills throughout the game.  Laura Gilbert played the net aggressively in the outside position, earning numerous points for the team.

In addition to it being Dig Pink day (the phrase for volleyball players supporting the cause), it was also senior night.  Four seniors led the team: Alex Pachter, DeAndra Forde, Laura Gilbert, and Nicole Meza.  Alex is the “team clown”- she is a pure comedian and doesn’t let her 5’2” stature stop her from setting on the court.  DeAndra is not only a great volleyball player but a dancer—she leads the team at games and practice even though she heads to dance right after, and still gives her all on the court.  Laura is the team’s star outside hitter and shows strength in the back row as well. Last but not least, Nicole focuses the team during their times of struggle and gets them back on track.  Grace Morales, a sophomore said, “All four of the seniors are extremely supportive and always know what to say. Though the team won’t be the same without them, all of them are going to move on and be great leaders both on and off the court.”  The seniors have truly set the bar high for the rest of the team, and they hope to continue their exquisite playing in the years to come.

Although girls were honored for their excellent leadership on this night, the team’s season is barely over.  They have a seat in the ACIS playoffs and have been practicing hard and hope to win the championships with the help of their leading seniors.