LHS defeats Essex, 3-0, in Dig Pink event

Lancaster’s Maddie Davis puts over a kill against Essex during last week’s Northern Neck District match. Photo by Denni Wilmer

Dig Pink was a success on and off the court last Tuesday as Lancaster High’s varsity Lady Devils swept Essex, 3-0, in front of its biggest crowd of the season.

The fundraising event to benefit the national Side-Out Foundation promotes breast cancer research and awareness. Students and fans are urged to “pink out” for the event and each of the junior varsity and varsity players play in honor or memory of someone who has battled cancer. Although it is primarily a breast cancer awareness event, the night is dedicated to those battling cancer of all types.

Players dedicated this year’s event in honor of Jackie Oren of Weems, the wife of LHS teacher and coach Craig Oren and the mother of two LHS sophomores, Grace and Kayla. Grace plays JV volleyball. The couple also have two other children, Elijah and Logan, who are students at Lancaster Primary School.

Money from a parent-run bake sale, gate receipts, apparel sales and a raffle is donated to the Side-Out Foundation.

We couldn’t do this every year without the generous support of businesses in Lancaster and Northumberland counties and without the volunteer efforts of the volleyball parents,” said event co-chairman Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi. “The players and the coaches, Keegan Walters and Doug French, also work very hard decorating and preparing for the event. It’s truly a whole-school and community effort.”

Lancaster beat the visiting Lady Trojans, 25-16, 25-19 and 25-8 with Leighten McCranie, Madison Giese and Sydney Price leading the Lady Devils at the net. McCranie had four kills and a block and Price had three kills and three blocks. Giese also had three kills.

In the middle for LHS, Riley Molineaux and Katherine Thomas had seven assists each. Thomas also served over three aces and had eight digs.

Rachel Valdrighi led the back row with 11 digs. Courtney Croasdale had eight digs and McKenzie Hathaway had six digs. Hathaway also led the servers with five aces in the match.

Washington & Lee 3

Lancaster 1

Last Thursday night in Montross, Washington & Lee beat Lancaster, 3-1. The host Lady Eagles won the first set, 25-16, before LHS rallied for a 25-12 in the second. W&L closed out the best of five match with wins of 25-20 and 25-23.

Maddie Davis had one of her best matches of the season with six kills, five aces and 17 digs to lead LHS.

Giese had five kills and 13 digs and McCranie had five kills and two blocks. Price added two kills and four blocks. Molineaux had four kills and 11 assists with two aces and Thomas had two kills with nine assists.

On the back row, Hathaway had 15 digs and Valdrighi five.

Lancaster had four straight sets this week, including its senior night at home tonight, October 18, against Northumberland in the final Northern Neck District match of the season. The Lady Devils also host Northampton Friday, October 19.

Junior varsity

In JV action, Lancaster split against Essex and Washington & Lee last week, picking up a 2-0 win over the Lady Eagles in Montross and losing, 2-1, to the Lady Trojans at LHS.

Lancaster beat W&L, 25-8 and 27-25, last Wednesday with Blair Smith serving over four aces and recording nine digs. At the net, Lizzie Woolard had four kills and Katarina Zeiler and Olivia Saunders had a block each. Kayleigh Self had five assists.

After winning the first game, 25-10, against Essex last Tuesday, Lancaster lost back-to-back 25-11 and 15-10 in the best three of five series.

Zeiler led on the front line with three kills and a block. Woolard also had three kills. Rachel Taft had five assists.

Defensively, Smith led with six digs.

Amanda Steensma served over two aces.