UM-Dearborn's volleyball team huddles before the third set of its match against Indiana Tech. (Tyesha Vinson/MJ)
UM-Dearborn's volleyball team huddles before the third set of its match against Indiana Tech. (Tyesha Vinson/MJ)
UM-Dearborn’s volleyball team huddles before the third set of its match against Indiana Tech. (Tyesha Vinson/MJ)

By VERONICA RATES, Staff Reporter

Pink socks, laces, ties, and hair bows were a dominant feature in the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s volleyball game against Marygrove College on Wednesday.

Even though UM-Dearborn (0-23, 0-13 WHAC) lost in four sets against Marygrove (5-16, 2-11 WHAC), the Wolverines won in a bigger way.

UM-Dearborn hosted a Dig Pink volleyball match through The Side-Out Foundation to raise money for breast cancer awareness.

“I think it’s something that in today’s day it’s hard to find anybody that hasn’t been affected with it.” head coach Eric Stark said. “So to continue to raise the awareness to make sure that the greater population stays ahead of it. It is important.”

The Side-Out Foundation is a foundation bringing volleyball teams together in the form of raising breast cancer awareness, starting back in 2004. The foundation is nationwide, connecting with teams as young as in middle schools and going all the way up to the collegiate level.

The team got creative and decorated their own piggy banks, and brought them around campus and to their classes, collecting donations to go toward the cause. When arriving to the gym, the pigs were lined up on a table, open for donations from spectators. T-Shirts were also for sale at the door going towards the foundation.

The turnout was huge and the Fieldhouse bleachers were practically full. Parents, students, and athletes, including players from men’s and women’s basketball, hockey and lacrosse were in the stands to support not only the University of Michigan-Dearborn volleyball team, but the cause as well.

The ladies represented with their pink hair ties, their pink socks and laces, and their pink warm up shirts. Even the coaches rocked the pink ties during the game.

Senior Rebecca Carley, who came out strong with 24 digs for the squad commented saying, “It was good that more people got the message.”

“It’s important to raise awareness.” Stark said. “And it’s something we were proud to be a part of this year.”