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Volley for the Cure match is Thursday

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By Andrew Harner

VANDALIA – One of the most anticipated dates on Vandalia’s volleyball schedule is finally here.

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On Thursday, the Lady Vandals will host Greenville in the annual Volley for a Cure match, and a couple of recent bouts with cancer have made this year’s game even more special for Vandalia.

Brad Leiken, the father of 2013 graduate and standout volleyball player RaeChelle Leiken, died from cancer on July 15, and as a friend to many of the volleyball players on this season’s team, the game will have some extra emotion attached to it for many.

“I know it will for me and for those who played with RaeChelle,” said Lady Vandals coach Allison Hall. “It will mean a lot for them.”

Mindy Miller, whose battle with cancer sparked a “Team Mindy” fundraising campaign during last year’s wrestling season, will be the guest speaker for the evening.

Additional activities planned for the night include children’s face painting, silent auctions, raffles, iPad raffle, a bake sale and much more.

All proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Fayette County Relay for Life, the local group in the national fundraiser for cancer research.

Those in attendance who have beaten cancer will be recognized, as will those currently fighting the disease.

“I hope everyone will come out and support the cause and pack the place in pink,” Hall said.

The evening will begin with the freshmen game at 5 p.m. and continue through the end of the varsity match, which is a rematch of the championship game of the Vandalia Tournament.

Greenville came away with a 25-23, 25-16 victory back on Sept. 21, but with a win in the South Central Conference standings on the line, the Lady Vandals will look to punctuate the evening with a big win.

“Greenville is going to be a tough match,” Hall said. “We want a win, but overall, it’s about the purpose of the game.”