Prep volleyball | Manatee Hurricanes, Southeast Seminoles play for a cure to breast cancer

Canes sweep Noles in fifth Volley for the Cure

jlembo@bradenton.comOctober 3, 2012 

BRADENTON -- Her hand clutched around a set of hula hoops, Nancy Cothron walked toward her office Tuesday night.

Southeast's marching band was still playing in the gym, so Cothron, the Seminoles' volleyball coach, needed a quiet place to chat.

Loud rhythm sections rarely show up for volleyball matches.

Then again, this wasn't a typical volleyball match.

Manatee beat Southeast 3-0 during the fifth edition of the Seminoles' Volley for the Cure, designed to raise awareness and money to help fight breast cancer.

All of Tuesday's proceeds benefited Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The event brought out more than 300 fans, most of whom were clad in pink T-shirts, and packed the parking lot outside of Buzz Narbut Gymnasium.

Pink tissue paper hung from the bleacher railings and was wrapped around the net posts and the players and coaches were also decked in -- you guessed it -- pink.

"It's just fun for everyone, because it's for such a positive reason," said Manatee coach Rachel Batey, whose starting lineup for Game 1 consisted mostly of reserves. "I just wanted to make sure that all the girls got plenty of time on the court. I just wanted everyone to have the opportunity to play for a good cause."

The Hurricanes, who won Saturday's Gene Gorman Tournament in Charlotte, rolled anyway to push their record to 13-1.

"I'm very happy," Batey said. "I keep saying it, but I'm just so blessed.

They really get along and they just love volleyball. To find 12 girls who love volleyball ... and 12 girls who get along -- you're talking about 12 girls who get along all the time.

"I'm just going to enjoy the season."

Becca Butler had eight kills, and Rachel Drummey added six for the Canes, who host district rival Sarasota on Thursday before the county tournament gets under way Friday at Southeast.

The Seminoles (4-7) kept things close in the first game, falling 25-21, before dropping the next two 25-10 and 25-11.

"(Manatee) does a good job of finding the holes and finding our weak spot," Cothron said. "They're a strong team blocking, and I think what took us out of system a little bit was Kayla (Armer) dumping. What that tends to do to a defense is it pulls them in, and then you back to the wings when we're out of position. It's a great strategy to use.

"Once we learn to let the mistakes go, we'll get better. But they stayed on us, they didn't allow us to do that."

Alex Pendleton had five kills for the Noles

"Atmospherewise, it was really fun," Cothron said. "To have it all for one cause was a great thing."

Bradenton Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service