Varsity Volleyball Fundraises for Breast Cancer


Hibah Ahmed

Anticipating Vandergrift’s attack, Sahasra Mandalapu ’25 and Terrin Score ’23 prepare for a deep hit. The two kept light feet in the chance that the attack would swerve.

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the varsity volleyball team played their annual Pink Out game. Although Westwood was not victorious, the team raised over $1000 in donations for breast cancer research through an auction of goods and services. 

Many of the bidders came from both Westwood and Round Rock’s parental audience. With the prizes, including University of Texas volleyball tickets, massage packages, and much more, many jumped straight on the raffles and won gifts donated by varsity volleyball’s booster club. 

The athletes also played a tremendous role in the fundraiser. With the Pink Out game occurring every year at the beginning of October, this was the last Pink Out for the senior class, all of which have continued with Westwood volleyball for four consecutive years. The Pink Out game holds significance, not only for its cause but for the spirit it brings out in both the athletes and the audience every single year.

“The Pink out game is [always] a really fun tradition,” Terin Score ‘23 said.”It was great that a huge crowd came out, especially for a game where all the proceeds go to a great cause. It was really special, and I’m going to remember it for a long time.”

In the second set, the team arrived victorious, 25-16. The Warriors made a swift six-point comeback during the third set to tie the game, but Round Rock still took back the lead. Alex Kriz ‘23 and Julia Hopkins ‘24 executed multiple offside hits throughout the game, and Rachel Cai ‘24 attempted a mix between passes and sets before sending the ball to her hitters Allie Shepherd ‘23, who also assisted the team in offense, and even scored multiple kills during her time on the court. After a harsh four sets against Round Rock, it was disappointing to have lost such an important game.  However, the team reflects on the greater win of that night.

“The pink out game moves us from [only] playing together to spreading awareness about breast cancer,” Shepherd  ‘23 said. “[I think our game] helped make progress and made others care about the effort.”

Playoffs are inching closer each week, and the team will play away at McNeil this Friday, Oct. 14 before the Football game. Next Tuesday will be Senior Night at the field house to celebrate the class of 2023’s final season at Westwood. Visit this website for more information.