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October 13, 2009

2009 Season - Volleyball team hosts "Dig Pink" match on Thursday

It will be more than a non-conference volleyball match on Thursday, October 15 when the Augustana Vikings square off against the Cornell Rams. The match, which will start at 7:30 p.m., has been designated as a “Dig Pink” match. The “Dig Pink” matches are part of the American Volleyball Coaches Association program to build awareness about cancer.

There will be a 50/50 raffle and a memorial speech, which will be delivered by Augustana freshman Carly Jungnickel. Carly is the younger sister of the Vikings junior standout Courtney Jungnickel (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, Ill.). The Jungnickels lost their mother Elaine on January 24, 2008 after a long struggle to ovarian cancer. Last year the Vikings hosted North Central on September 16, 2008 in a game that was designated “Cancer Awareness Night”. The “Dig Pink” event is an off-shoot of that. Augustana players will wear pink armbands and coaches and fans are encouraged to wear pink for the match.

Augustana is currently 11-12 on the season and 2-2 in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin, pending the results of tonight’s match at Illinois Wesleyan. After starting the season with a schedule that included four teams ranked in the top 10 of the NCAA Division III national poll in the first 13 matches, the Viking volleyball team has managed to gain some ground. Over the last three weeks second year head coach Janelle Hester’s team has won nine of its 10 matches to move within one game of .500.