Volleyball Teams Compete to Raise Support for Cancer Cure

The Calais Lady Blue Devils Volleyball team hosted their second annual Orange Game to raise awareness and support research for blood cancers. $1 entered you for a chance to win the signed volleyball pictured here. All the proceeds went to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

By Kaileigh Deacon

 

On Monday, September 18th, the Calais High School Lady Blue Devils Volleyball team hosted their Second Annual Orange Game. This year’s match-up was against the Woodland Lady Dragons and would prove an entertaining match to watch. 

The varsity match was neck and neck. Woodland took the first set at 29-27, and managed to win the second set at 25-23. Calais won the next with 25-19, but Woodland’s servers proved to dominate with the fourth set going to Woodland at 25-19. 

While volleyball on the court is exciting, it is the reason behind the Orange Game that encourages a lot of support from both teams and the fans as well. September has been designated as Blood Cancer Awareness Month and the color of support is orange. 

For Calais High School Varsity Coach Anne Scott, the matter is especially close to home as her husband Chris was diagnosed with leukemia. The Lady Devils started hosting an Orange Game to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society and their work toward finding a cure. For several years the team has done something ‘orange’ in support of the cause, but last year was the first time they hosted an Orange Game (similar to the Pink Game the basketball teams host). 

The game isn’t necessarily always played between the same teams, but the team is always local. “We try to pick a game in September with a local team so we can get a local crowd,” Coach Scott said. 

Both teams sported orange t-shirts prior to the start of the game and the crowd sported a large number of orange shirts as well. To raise money, the team raffled off a volleyball signed by the team. They raised $23 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and took donations for the family of Connor Ireland.