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Digging for a Cure

Women’s Golden Eagle Volleyball hosts the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros, fighting for a win and a cure for breast cancer.

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Digging for a Cure

Women's Volleyball team huddled during the Pink Game

Women's Volleyball team huddled during the Pink Game

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Women's Volleyball team huddled during the Pink Game

Juan J Palma

Juan J Palma

Women's Volleyball team huddled during the Pink Game

Yamani Wallace, Contributor

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The Cal State LA Women’s Volleyball hosted the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros last Friday for “Dig for a Cure” night as part of a conference-wide campaign in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), Molten, and Head Coach Juan Figueroa teamed up to help provide special pink volleyballs for the match as well as shirts and pink towels to highlight the fight against breast cancer.

The Golden Eagle’s gym filled with spectators wearing pink and yellow t-shirts that were provided as they entered. Pink’s Hot Dogs also offered free hot dogs and drinks available the first half of the match.

After four tough losses, senior and captain Nicole Efseaff spoke in a pre-game interview, saying, “We had two really great practices this week after Tuesday’s loss and I feel like we are more focused now and finally back to our normal selves.”

The Golden Eagles started out the match off with some heat. With a block by junior middle blocker Daisia Labrie, and an amazing kill by freshman outside hitter Karla Santos, the Golden Eagles set the tone for the match. However, the Golden Eagles fell short, losing 15-25 in the first set, and 17-25 in the second.

After the intermission, the Golden Eagles returned, battling the Toros to a 21-21 tie. As fans cheered, a block from senior outside hitter Sifa Fa’aiu ignited the eagles’ drive to overcome defeat. A kill from middle blocker Daisy Crenshaw and block from Daisa Labrie helped the Golden Eagles overcome the Toros in the third set of the match winning 26-24.

In the fourth set, the Golden Eagles lost 19-25, which ended the game.

Assistant Coach Kathleen Luft said in a post-game interview, “I think that we played really well but we lost focus in important moments in the match and all we can do is get better.”

The next home game will be on Oct. 27, when the Golden Eagles host San Francisco State.

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