Valmeyer dominates Dupo in volleyball Thursday

Valmeyer junior Miranda Kaufmann sets one up during Thursday’s Dig Pink match against Dupo. Going into the game, Kaufmann led her team in assists with 396. (Alan Dooley photos)

Valmeyer’s Lady Pirates volleyball team and the fight against breast cancer were the two winners Thursday night in a home contest against the Lady Tigers from Dupo, who played under the “Dig Pink” theme at schools throughout Illinois this month.

The evening was dominated by the color pink, seen on both schools’ uniforms and throughout the large and predominantly Valmeyer fan section. One attendee, George Obernagel, went so far as to dress in a pink tuxedo.

The 2008 Valmeyer Pirates volleyball team that advanced to the IHSA Class 1A Elite Eight was honored before the game. The Valmeyer homecoming 2013 court was introduced between the two varsity contests. Winners of the 50-50 drawing, as well as of silent bids for numerous donated items were also announced.

The opening match saw the two teams trade points up to a 5-5 tie. Valmeyer settled down and pulled away to a 25-13 victory.

Valmeyer fan George Obernagel got into the pink spirit with his pink tuxedo.

Valmeyer set a torrid pace in the second match, leading Dupo all the way to rack up a 25-12 final score and take the evening two matches to none.

The Pirates’ next regular season match is set for Monday at Gibault.

Check for more volleyball action in next week’s edition of the Republic-Times newspaper and for additional photos from this match in the Media Store.

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