When the Mexico varsity volleyball team hosted Marshall on Thursday there was more on the line than just the race to the top of the North Central Missouri Conference standings.
That evening was also dubbed Dig Pink and doubled as a breast cancer fundraiser, all of which was a big success that culminated with the Lady Bulldogs claiming victory in two sets.
"We had an excellent turnout for the game and raised quite a bit money for a local family. Last nights game is probably one of the best games they played in a while," said coach Shayla Cox. "Our defense moved well together and our offense had a decent tempo. This was a good team win for us."
With this victory Mexico raised its NCMC record to 4-3 and 8-11 overall. Now the squad has just three games left in the regular season and they're all against league opponents.
"Something that continues to help us be successful is our bench players ability to stay focused and ready to go at any point. I feel that a lot of the time those players get overlooked, and they are a critical part to the team and to the win last night," Cox said. "This was a good team win and hopefully the beginning of a good stretch. It will be a tough week next week, and we will do the best we can to prepare our athletes for success in that week."
In the JV game Mexico lost to the Lady Owls in three sets.
"Our girls play an excellent game. We played hard, covered the court well, and moved as a unit," said Cox. "Where we struggled was errors. We had quite a few hitting and serving errors last night. That made the difference in the game. Overall, it was a great game and a tough loss."
The Lady Bulldo0gs are at Hannibal on Monday and Boonville on Tuesday.