Cross-town volleyball rivals came together for a great cause Thursday night.
The Waterloo and Gibault volleyball teams competed in their annual Dig Pink match for breast cancer awareness in the Waterloo High School gym.
Waterloo won in two thrilling sets, 27-25, 25-19. The Bulldogs (12-10) fought back from a 24-21 deficit to win game one.
The real winner on this night, however, was the Sideout Foundation in its fight against breast cancer. The teams each wore pink shirts that were sold in support of the cause, with other pink-themed activities organized to raise funds.
“We are overwhelmed with the generosity of our students, faculty, staff, administration, WHS Booster Club, volleyball parents and community,” Waterloo head coach Angie Crawford stated in an email. “We will be donating $1,195 to the Sideout Foundation to help fight breast cancer.”
Hannah Cope led the way for Waterloo with 10 points, seven kills and seven assists. McKenna Krebel added nine assists.
Cope has 108 points and 155 kills on the season.
Kayla Huels led Gibault with nine points and 16 assists. Maddie Davis added four kills.
Waterloo played at Mascoutah on Tuesday and will host Triad on Thursday.
Gibault (4-17) has lost 11 straight matches entering Tuesday’s contest against Marquette. The Hawks host Chester on Thursday and Valmeyer on Monday.
Sidney Wightman leads the Hawks with 88 points. Lexi Chambers has 74 kills and Huels has 284 assists to lead Gibault.
In other local volleyball action, Valmeyer improved to 21-8 on the season with a 30-28, 25-19 win at New Athens on Thursday. Valmeyer defeated Alton Marquette last Tuesday, 25-17, 25-22.
The Pirates played at Red Bud on Tuesday and will host their Dig Pink fundraiser Thursday against Dupo.
Guin Kohnz leads the Pirates with 165 points and 567 assists. Jessie Seidel has 226 kills and Sam Seidel has 200 kills. Sara Andres leads in blocks with 64.
Columbia (17-8) won at Wesclin on Thursday, 27-25, 25-17. The Eagles played at Freeburg on Tuesday and will be at Collinsville on Thursday.
Molly Mistler (93 points), Paige Becker (92 points), Mia Valleroy (114 kills, 47 blocks) and Ellie Stone (228 digs) are among the team leaders.
Dupo picked up its fourth win of the season last Tuesday at Lebanon, winning in three sets.
Regional pairings set
The IHSA regional schedule was announced last week.
In Class 1A, Valmeyer is in the Okawville Regional and will face the winner of Patoka vs. Sandoval on Oct. 24.
Also in Class 1A, Gibault is in the New Athens Regional and will play Steeleville on Oct. 24.
In Class 2A, Dupo hosts its own regional and will play Marquette on Oct. 23.
In Class 3A, Waterloo and Columbia are both in the Mascoutah Regional. Waterloo opens with Mascoutah on Oct. 23. Columbia will take on Cahokia on Oct. 23. The rivals would have to win two matches each to face off against each other in the regional final on Oct. 26.