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Mustangs and Lasers “Dig Pink” to Fight Breast Cancer

Mustangs and Lasers “Dig Pink” to Fight Breast Cancer

NEWTON, Mass. – Decked out in pink attire to show the dedication to the fight against Breast Cancer, Mount Ida College and Lasell College squared off in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's volleyball action on Wednesday night at Mount Ida Athletic Center, and the visiting Lasers earned a 3-0 victory by scores of 25-21, 25-12, and 25-23.

With ten kills and ten digs, Mount Ida junior Mary Kate Reidy (Agawam, Mass.) posted a double-double, but the Lasers countered with three players in double-digit kill totals, led by sophomore outside hitter Olivia Addington (Orange, Calif.), who led all players with 15 kills and doubled up herself with 12 digs, along with two of Lasell's nine service aces.

Michele Canestro (Castleton, N.Y.) and Meredith Eagan (North Andover, Mass.) added ten kills apiece for the Lasers, who hit at a .242 clip for the game and who had a 42-22 edge in kills and a 52-34 digs advantage.

That was aided by 14 digs from junior libero Caitlyn Garcia (Moreno Valley, Calif.), while the offense ran through Taylor Tiezzi (Meriden, Conn.), who had 37 assists and 10 digs in the win.

Mount Ida got 19 assists and six digs from freshman setter Alexis Bell (Salem, Conn.), while senior Alysha Dunbar (Quincy, Mass.) had a team-high three service aces and eight digs.

In addition to both teams wearing pink, the Mustangs and their fans held raffles, had a bake sale, and collected donations, raising $400 towards the Sideout Foundation, a volleyball-driven fund to support research for metastatic breast cancer. To learn more or to donate, go to  

As an example of how this deadly disease has touched our Mount Ida family, I encourage you to read the story of Kelly, cousin of freshman Maggie Barros (Tyngsboro, Mass.). Kelly has been battling with breast cancer, and has sacrificed everything to care for her infant son Danny. Her story was so amazing that it caught the eye of Kaitlin Roig DeBellis, who is no stranger to tragedy, as she was a 1st grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School the day of the shootings.

Kaitlin wrote a piece on Kelly and shared part of a letter that she wrote for the Huffington Post: