By Adam Schalke
The Roosevelt Lakers Women’s Volleyball team took on the visiting St. Ambrose Bees on Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Goodman Center. The Lakers played a very tight game against the Bees throughout the five sets.
The Bees gained an early lead in the game, winning 25-16 in the first set, and later following it up with a score of 25-17 in the following set. Determined to win, the Lakers bounced back. The Lakers won the third set by a razor-thin margin of 23-25, and followed it with a fourth set victory with a more comfortable of 16-25.
With both teams tied, everything was up for grabs during the fifth set. St. Ambrose ultimately outdid Roosevelt, winning the last set 15-7, beating the Lakers.
Several members of the team felt that a mixture of exhaustion and an invigorated St. Ambrose was responsible for their defeat.
“On Thursday I just feel they came to our gym with a lot more energy and was able to keep the ball in play. They served us aggressively and kept us out of the system”, said team member Dorina Badino-Berger. Her teammates concurred.
“Towards the end, we started to get tired”, said team member Jaclyn Weilandt. “They just seemed to have more drive than we did”.
The game was a special one for Roosevelt, as proceeds of the game went to support breast cancer patients and other various cancer charities. The Goodman Center was adorned in pink decorations and the Lakers wore pink shirts to symbolize breast cancer awareness month in October.
Many of the Lakers felt a sense of gratitude being able to participate in such a cause.
“My mom is actually a breast cancer survivor so I played for her. I know it was on behalf of all cancer patients, but it got really close to home for me”, Badino-Berger explained.
Her teammate Katie Tozer agreed. “It feels awesome to help people with cancer. My grandmother survived cancer, so this was very personal for me as well.”
The volleyball team’s next game takes them to Deerfield, Ill. to take on Calumet College of St. Joseph. If you can make the trip, be sure to cheer our Lakers on!