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Troup’s Dig Pink event was a hit

By Kevin Eckleberry

keckleberry@civitasmedia.com

Troup High’s volleyball players are introduced during Monday’s Dig Pink event. Troup played matches against Starr’s Mill and The Heritage School. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/09/web1_volleyball3.jpgTroup High’s volleyball players are introduced during Monday’s Dig Pink event. Troup played matches against Starr’s Mill and The Heritage School. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

LAGRANGE – Pink was the color of the day.

The Troup High volleyball team hosted its annual “Dig Pink” event on Monday, with the teams from Starr’s Mill and The Heritage School also participating.

The Volley for the Cure as it was called was designed to not only raise money to combat cancer, but to honor and recognize those who have had the disease.

A number of cancer survivors were honored during the evening.

“It was a great night,” said Troup volleyball coach Jodi Dowden, herself a cancer survivor. “The other teams were amazed that we were able to put that together.”

It was a festive atmosphere, thanks in large part to the large gathering of athletes from other teams at Troup who helped fill the bleachers in the gym.

Troup’s softball team was supposed to play a game against Callaway on Monday, but the game was rained out, so the players came out to cheer their classmates on.

“They got rained out, so they came and supported us,” Dowden said. “It was awesome to have that kind of support for so many people in the community. We’re thankful for that.”

After the first match, Troup’s drum line turned the decibel level in the gym way up as it performed, and at the start of the evening’s festivities, Troup’s student choir delivered a pitch-perfect version of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

While the event was an overwhelming success, the Lady Tigers weren’t able to come away with a win in either one of their matches.

In its first match, Troup fell to Starr’s Mill, and it lost to The Heritage School, a GISA school from Newnan, in the day’s final match.

After struggling to get much of anything going against Starr’s Mill, Troup pushed Heritage to three games before falling.

“We played better (against Heritage). We didn’t play quite so flat,” Dowden said. “We still didn’t play as well as we were playing last week. We kind of just lost our rhythm tonight. Hopefully we’ll get it (tonight). We travel up to Newnan and play Newnan and Carrollton. Hopefully we can find our rhythm. That’s the thing about volleyball. You get lots of opportunities to fix it.”

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