Not only did the Eagles nail down a 25-16, 25-10, 25-10 Suburban Lakes League volleyball victory over Elmwood, but Coach Donna Schuessler’s squad raised money for the Susan B. Komen Volley for the Cure.
The Susan B. Komen Foundation raises money for breast cancer research.
Last week marked the second year in a row that Eastwood’s volleyball program helped raise money for the Susan B. Komen foundation. The Eagles’ players, coaches and parents raised $3,500 this year.
“The ladies’ goal was to reach $5,000 and we fell short of that, but we did $1,500-$2,000 last year,” Schuessler said. “I told them any money we raise is great. It’s about the kids and getting involved and the awareness and breast cancer and what it is.”
Schuessler said Eastwood parents Marjorie Flores and Anita Primeau were instrumental in helping the team raise money.
“They took it and ran with it,” Schuessler said. “They orchestrated a couple different things. They asked parents to go together and they created baskets. Families donated raffle baskets, like a kids’ basket, with kids’ things in there.
“We had about 17 baskets we raffled after the varsity match. They involved the volleyball team and the community.”
That night’s raffle included a signed Archie Griffin Ohio State jersey and a signed Troy Smith mini-helmet.
“It was exciting to have a signed jersey right there,” Schuessler said. “We sold raffle tickets - six for $5 or $1 apiece. It took a special ticket to win those two prizes. The other raffle tickets, the girls sold tickets at football games and passed out lollipops on information cards with pink ribbons on them.”
One of the volleyball moms also made a cupcake tree that was on display in the hallway outside the gym during the Eastwood-Elmwood match.
The tree consisted of cupcakes frosted with pink and white icing. A cake, which was also raffled off, was placed at the top of the tree.
“She called it the Cupcake Tree Topper,” Schuessler said. “It was a beautiful cake. The game ball also got auctioned off as well.”
Schuessler said about 150-200 fans showed up for the match and the evening’s festivities, and added that the Elmwood community was also very supportive.
“They brought two different baskets to raffle off, and that was nice,” Schuessler said. “They also sold black Susan B. Komen Volley For the Cure T-shirts that anybody could purchase, just like we did. It was a sea of black T-shirts with pink writing on them. And, we used a pink and white ball.”
Schuessler said many area schools, including Gibsonburg and Lake, have conducted Susan B. Komen Volley for the Cure events.
“It was presented at the Ohio Volleyball State Clinic last year,” Schuessler said. “Two girls from the Columbus area created it and got it going because one of the parents on their team got breast cancer.”
Eastwood’s volleyball team improved to 8-5 and 6-2 in the SLL with the win over Elmwood.
“We’ve had good moments and been up and down a little bit, mostly up,” Schuessler said. “We’re not a young team, but we have freshmen through seniors this year. Working as a team has been the focus.”
Carrie Moenter, a senior middle hitter, leads the Eagles in kills (80) and blocks, with 26 solo blocks and 17 assists.
Freshman left side hitter Courtney Rolf has 76 kills, while senior all-around player Stacy Kotula has 74 kills and 138 digs.
Setters Brooke Albright and Katie Schuessler, both seniors, are doing a good job on assists and digs, coach Schuessler said.
Albright has 164 assists, 75 digs and 14 service aces, and Katie Schuessler has 124 assists and 62 digs.