Simmons athletics supports breast cancer awareness
The Simmons Sharks supported Breast Cancer Awareness Month by raising money for the American Cancer Society during the month of October. Volleyball, Field Hockey, and Soccer held "Think Pink" games. Players wore pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness and volunteers collected donations.
The Volleyball team's "Think Pink" game was Tuesday, October 18 against Emmanuel College and the players raised $164 for breast cancer research. In total, the "Think Pink" games raised $774 for The American Cancer Society. Although the game was a loss for Simmons, it was a win for the battle against breast cancer.
Despite Tuesday's upset, the Volleyball team is having a strong season. With an overall record of 17 - 8 and an in conference record of 7 - 3, the Sharks are well positioned to make the Greater Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) tournament. New head coach Alesia Vaccari says as long as the ladies give 100% they're bound for success.
"Someone once told me that practices are for the coach and games are for the players, and I have really tried to own that. You know, just let the girls play. We just have to give 100%, and when we give 100% we are successful."
The team is very happy with this year's new coaches, and the improvements show in their record; going from 8 wins and 17 losses in the 2010 season to already showing 17 wins and only 8 losses for 2011.
Junior Captain and Middle Hitter Morgan Powell '12 says each individual player is more confident and they're game has improved dramatically since last season.
"The season is going really well. Even off the court we're just clicking. Our play is so much better than it has been in the past. I think individually our players are a lot more confident."
The Sharks will battle for the GNAC championship when playoffs begin on November 1. Follow Simmons athletics on Twitter for up to date scores and like them on Facebook for news and game info, player bios, and all things athletics.