Xavier will hold its second annual Dig for the Cure match Friday, Oct. 19
Oct. 18, 2007
This Friday, October 19, the Xavier volleyball program will hold its second annual "Dig For the Cure" match at Cintas Center and the match will involve a pair of undefeated Atlantic 10 rivals...XU and Dayton. The Musketeers will take on rival Dayton, who is currently ranked 12th in the nation, at 7:00 pm and join a conference-wide initiative to help raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
The event has been adopted by the Atlantic 10 Conference and helps promote Breast Cancer Awareness month throughout October. Last season, the Musketeers ranked third in the nation in the amount of money collected for the cause.
Xavier is 18-6 for the year and 8-0 in Atlantic 10 Conference play. 18 wins equals the number of wins for all of last season. XU has won seven straight and nine of the last 10 matches it has played. 13 of Xavier's wins this season have been 3-0 sweeps. XU defeated No. 14 Cal Poly, 3-2, on Sept. 14 - its first win over a ranked opponent in over five years.
Dayton is ranked 12th and is a perfect 21-0, 8-0 in A-10, the best start in school history and in its longest winning streak ever (21). The only other undefeated team in the nation is top-ranked Nebraska (16-0), which was a unanimous selection for the No. 1 spot in the poll this week.
The winner of this match takes sole possession of first place in the A-10 West division (and will have the best record of all 10 teams).
On Friday the Musketeers are hoping to "Pack the Stands with Pink" and are encouraging everyone who attends the match to wear a pink shirt. Special events are planned for the evening and leading up to the match on October 19. T-shirt sales are currently taking place and will be available the night of the match. T-shirts are $7 presale and $10 the night of the match and anyone wishing to purchase one before the match can contact the Xavier athletic office at 513-745-3413.
The team will also auction the uniforms worn the night of the match to raise proceeds for the cause. Please check www.GOXAVIER.com the week after the match to get your official "Dig for the Cure" Xavier volleyball uniform during the auction.
For information on how to take part in the Dig for the Cure on October 19 or to obtain pledge sheets, please contact the Xavier volleyball office at 513-745-3413.
The 2006 season marked the first year that the Xavier Musketeers volleyball team raised money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Last season, the Musketeers ranked third in the nation with just over $6,000 raised for the foundation.
Head Coach Lisa Marston and the Charlotte 49ers Volleyball program started a growing volleyball tradition by dedicating a home match to raising money for breast cancer research. This tradition has caught on with other coaches around the country as all Atlantic 10 schools and other programs have dedicated a night for the cause.
In 2005, with A-10 partners Dayton, Duquesne and Rhode Island also participating, the "Dig For the Cure" program raised over $10,000. In 2004, Coach Marston was successful in landing all fourteen Conference USA volleyball teams in the program, and the result was a combined total of over $22,000. In 2007, each Atlantic 10 volleyball program is scheduled to participate.
Dig for the Cure is a cause that is near and dear to Marston's heart.
"My mother is a breast cancer survivor," she said. "We started this program to honor breast cancer survivors around the world. Most every person has been affected in some way by breast cancer, and so many people responded that we decided to expand it and get the rest of the conference involved. I am really pleased that we have teams involved besides just our conference schools. I hope it can become a fundraising competition between conferences."
Participating schools designated one home volleyball match in October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, or November. Individual sponsors pledge money per dig earned by their team in the match, or can make a flat donation to the cause. The money raised by each team goes directly to the Komen Foundation's local affiliate in their community.
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, the Foundation is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through local affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure® to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, the Komen Foundation has raised more than $740 million for the fight against breast cancer.
For more information, visit www.komen.org or call the National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I'M AWARE® (1-800-462-9273). Anyone interested in pledging money or making a donation to this year's Dig for the Cure effort can contact the Xavier Volleyball office at 513-745-3413.