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Volleyball’s senior night

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The Archbishop Ryan volleyball team hosts Bonner Prendie Tuesday night.  The team is 5-5 in  Catholic League play with two games remaining.

 

Tuesday’s game is the last home game for the 4 seniors on the Ragdolls.  They are Sarah Kelly, Isabel Nilsen, Julia O’Shea and Jacqueline Schaeffer.  All have played for Ryan for all four years and their final home game brings back a lot of memories of past games.

 

Nilsen said, “ Our team is like a family, there more than just a team. We have so much heart going into this game I just hope that we play up to our full potential since this is our last home game.”

 

“Playing one last time on the home court means a lot to me. The fact that my family and friends will be here makes it so much better,” said Kelly.

 

Ryan has to wait until the final results to see if they are in the Catholic League playoffs this year and who they will face.

 

“I thought this season was pretty good overall, we are definitely better than last year even though there were a couple games that we should have won, but didn’t,” said O’Shea.” I also had fun with my team for one last season and hope next year they continue to get better.”

 

The game is also raising awareness for metastatic breast cancer.  The more common term is Stage 4, which is the most advanced type of cancer.  It’s when the cancer has moved to other parts of the body, and this type is not curable.  It can be treated sometimes for many years but a person with metastatic cancer is never cured.

 

Jacqueline Schaeffer’s mother was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer right after volleyball season Freshman year, and she is very happy her mom will be at senior night.  

 

“The past four years have been crazy. I’m so glad that it’s been with these girls. I’ve had such a great time playing with them and I’m really sad to see it coming to an end soon.” said Schaeffer.

 

More people need to spread the word that there is so little research money for this, and people are dying.  Less than 10% of all money raised for breast cancer research goes to metastatic breast cancer, and that’s where it’s needed the most.

 

The Ragdolls play Conwell Egan away on Thursday at 5pm in their last regular season game.

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