PARKERSBURG - The Parkersburg Big Red volleyball team is hoping for a lot of community support come Tuesday evening inside Memorial Fieldhouse when head coach Carl Harnish's squad holds its Volley for a Cure.
Action is set to begin at 6 p.m. as the host Big Reds will be joined by Parkersburg South, Ripley and the PHS junior varsity squad, which isn't expected to play the PHS varsity.
A plethora of fundraisers will be going on during the evening. That includes a 50-50 drawing as well as various raffles, which have been ongoing, and will be drawn throughout the night.
Photo by Jeff Baughan
Parkersburg's Paige Warner, left, and Megan Morrison show the front and back of the 'Volley for a Cure' shirts being sold as part of the fundraising events for Tuesday's 'Volley for a Cure' volleyball quad at Memorial Fieldhouse.
All proceeds from the event will go to help cover medical expenses for Ann Baughan, who has continued to battle cancer and is currently under going chemotherapy. Baughan's daughter, Katherine, is a sophomore hitter for the Big Reds.
"We thought it should go to someone we know. She's part of our volleyball family," said coach Harnish, whose squad participated in the Tournament of Champions on Saturday in Roanoke, Va. "So we decided that's what we are going to do."
Fans have the option of getting into the game by paying normal admission or for the price of $15 they can get entry into the match as well as a Volley for a Cure T-shirt.
This will mark the first time all season the Big Reds will face rival Parkersburg South.
"I'm so ready to see them," Harnish stated.
The Big Reds already have reached the 50-win plateau this season, but the veteran Harnish knows his team has to start taking care of the little things if they hope to make some noise in the postseason and vie for a Class AAA championship.
"Our hitting is excellent," Harnish added. "We actually hit better than most teams we play, but our defense and serve-receive have to really get better. It's really hurting us. We're not doing very good in serve-receive and defensively we are giving up too many points and having too many unforced errors.
"That's killing us and that's why we are losing some of these games we should be winning. We are working on it though. They are going to have to get better if they want to win states."
Anyone wanting more information on the event or the raffles which will be given away on Tuesday should contact Beth Warner at 304-483-0971, Missy Morrison at 304-483-3415 or Susan Armstrong at 304-485-9593.