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Published October 06 2010

High school volleyball: ‘Dig for the Cure’, Deacons take 5-set win on night devoted to wearing pink for breast cancer awareness.

If anything, Fargo Shanley volleyball coach Wendy Zeiher represented what Tuesday night was about.

Decked out in pink, she did her part to promote “Dig for the Cure,” a fundraising effort in the fight against breast cancer. And though she wore pink well, she also wore out the referee’s ear.

“I get a little riled up,” she said. “But there was a tip on that one call though.”

Every call and point mattered with Shanley beating West Fargo 25-16, 20-25,

18-25, 25-20, 15-12 to keep first place in the EDC.

The Shanley-West Fargo tilt was one of two EDC matchups in the city that had something going.

North beat South in four games keeping the EDC standings competitive.

Shanley is No. 1 with West Fargo and South right behind them. Grand Forks Red River is fourth with North in fifth.

While all five of those teams will make the region tournament, only the top four teams advance to state.

Like North coach Missy Wilson said before the game, earning the highest seed isn’t everything.

“Recognizing why we are out here is the most important thing,” said Wilson, whose mother, Eileen, is a breast cancer survivor. “Doing ‘Dig for the Cure’ shows our kids there are more important things than volleyball.”

Players from the four schools proved that by doing what they could to raise money for the foundation.

It resulted in North and South teaming up to raise between $4,500 and $5,000, Wilson said.

Shanley and West Fargo raised more than $5,000.

“I think for our girls raising money was important for them,” said West Fargo coach Paula Pierson, who lost a family friend to breast cancer six years ago.

“But they understood at practice, their minds needed to be on the game.”

Pierson said she was not disappointed with the way her team played.

West Fargo battled with Shanley forcing five games.

It just turned out to where Shanley got on a roll at the end took the fifth set.

But there were times where West Fargo did halt Shanley.

Shanley opened the third set on a 10-3 run, only to lose.

“There were some things that we needed to work on like holding onto leads,” Zeiher said. “But I do think there were things we did do well at.”

At both games, all four teams dressed in pink.

Fans at the North-South game wore black shirts with pink writing. Over at Shanley-West Fargo, fans wore pink shirts.

“The nice thing about all this is,” said South coach Sarah Lacher, whose aunt is a cancer survivor, “is that we’re all able to help out and show people that breast cancer is something that people can survive.”

SHANLEY: Kanwischer 2-0-1, Sinner 1-0-0, Rotunda 13-3-1, Weir 11-0-0, Sandy 11-0-2 (27 digs), Vetter 2-0-0, Carlson 11-1-0

WEST FARGO: Gustafson 7-1-0, Barta 5-4-2 (26 assists), Holland 15-0-1, Becher 12-0-0 (13 digs), Nelson 3-2-0, Schnepf 0-0-0, Hummel 3-0-3

Readers can reach Forum reporter Ryan S. Clark at (701) 241-5548