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October 18, 2012

Seaholm volleyball hosts third annual Alzheimer’s Awareness Night

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Birmingham Seaholm’s Kathy Quigley goes for a kill against Rochester High Oct. 9 at home. The Maples won in three games.

BIRMINGHAM — It was three years ago when Birmingham Seaholm volleyball coach Heather Lippert’s grandma, Willow Lippert, passed away from Alzheimer’s.

In her honor, the coach started Alzheimer’s Awareness Night, which raises money to battle the disease.

On Oct. 10, the Maples held their third annual event, hosting Rochester High.

“My grandma had Alzheimer’s, and she passed away the first year that we did it. That was kind of the inspiration, and I know others on the team have been affected by the disease. I know a lot of people do breast cancer benefits, but we kind of adopted Alzheimer’s as our charity that we wanted to donate to,” she said. “It’s from the heart. It’s important to us.”

Along with donations being collected for the Alzheimer’s Association, parents and many fans from the student section wore purple to show their support for the cause.

Each player wore a purple ribbon with the name of a loved one  that had been affected by the disease.

“We keep those people in mind while we’re playing, and it really motivates us,” senior Lisa White said. “When we’re playing, we think of them in the back of our minds that they’re fighting this horrible disease, and we want to win for them.”

The Maples accomplished that goal, beating Oakland Activities Association rival Rochester 25-16, 25-20 and 25-14.

“They came out, took care of business,” Lippert said.

“I thought we played great,” White added. “Our serve-receive came together nicely. That’s been a little shaky in the past, and this time it really helped us.”

The win moves Seaholm to 3-3 in the Red and drops Rochester to 1-4.

For White, just as satisfying as the win is knowing that she and her teammates were doing their part in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

“I think we all know someone that is affected by it,” she said, noting that her grandpa’s name was written on her ribbon. “So it makes us feel great that we’re able to help our loved ones.”

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