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Golden Lions Come Up Just Short In Claws For a Cause Event ...... Again!
September 30th, 2010

Last nights Claws for a Cause event at St. Pius X could not have ended with a closer match.  In last years match up St. Pius X won the first two sets only to see Marist come back to win sets 3 & 4 and pull out a close set 5 winning big on match point.  This years match was a complete mirror image.  The War Eagles struck first winning sets 1 & 2 before the Lions struck back to even the match after 4 sets.  In the deciding fifth set, Marsit got out to a quick 4-0 lead and was in control until the Golden Lions came charging back to take a lead a 16-15.  The mirror image part ended there as the War Eagles pulled out the last three points for an 18-16 win.  The Golden Lions were led in the match by Grace McGoldrick, who had 44 assists for #3 all time on the single match assist list, 3.5 blocks, and 12 digs.  Emily Morrison had 18 kills for the match tying for 4th all time at St. Pius X.  Ella Anastasiades contributed 17 digs and 3 aces in the match.

While the Marist team won the match, the big winner of the night was the Freedom Alliance.  The event was a charity event put on by the two teams as a joint effort.  The goal is to raise money for a great cause and also show that despite being fierce rivals on court, what these two schools have in common is far greater than what divides us.  We hope next week to have a total amount raised during the event to announce, but all proceeds from the gate, concessions, bake sale and T-shirts sales are headed to the Freedom Alliance.  The Freedom Alliance is an organization that provides scholarship funds for children of fallen service members.  The team was honored by the presence last night of Pius parent Major Jeff Parks who recently returned from a tour in Afganistan and spoke briefly at the event on behalf of the Freedom Alliance.  A big thank you to all of the Pius parents who helped make this such a wonderful event and showcase for our volleyball program.

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