Pink Game a success as Viera tops Space Coast in volleyball

Hawks win in 3 games; open district tournament play next week


Viera High principal Mike Alba gets a whipped cream pie in the face from senior libero Marisol Murray following Wednesday night's Pink Game. Viera and Space Coast had a contest to see which school could raise the most change with the winner getting a chance to pie the principal.


Any game that ends with the principal getting a pie in the face from a senior volleyball player can’t be all bad … especially when it’s for a good cause.

Viera High hosted its eighth annual Pink Game Wednesday, defeating visiting Space Coast 25-13, 25-21 and 25-22 on an entertaining, fun-filled night.

“It’s always a blast,” Hawks coach Sarah Wayne said. “This game is more than just volleyball.”

Proceeds from the night’s ticket sales, concessions, T-shirt and wristband sales went to the Side-Out Foundation, a national non-profit that gives directly back to Breast Cancer Research.

Cailea Gibbs had 17 kills and 31 digs for the Hawks. Danee Smith had nine kills and Nina Alvarez had 25 assists. Marisol Murray added 12 digs and Lina Ruiz had three aces.

Both teams wore pink uniforms for the occasion, as did many of the fans who packed the gym for the special night.

“We always bring a good crowd, and the girls are always pumped,” Wayne said. “Space Coast is a very good, scrappy defensive team. Both of us have districts next week. (Tonight) was not only something that we always do to raise money for the community, but it’s a great volleyball match.”

A serving contest was held after the first game where fans tried to have the ball land on a T-shirt on the other side of the net. Not only did they win the shirt, but a gift certificate for pizza as well.

More prizes were given away after the Hawks’ victory and in the end, Viera High principal Mike Alba got a pie (pink, naturally) in the face courtesy of Murray, a senior libero after Viera won the Penny War between the two schools by collecting the most change.

“That was a great experience. I’ve never done that before,” Murray laughed. “A lot of people were calling my name (to deliver the pie), so I was like, ‘I might as well do it.’”

The only senior on this year’s Viera team, Murray said there is nothing like playing in the Pink Game.

“(They are) super fun,” she said. “I never get tired of them. Ever. … The best part is everyone coming together for a good cause and just having fun playing the game I love.”

Viera will head to Martin County on Tuesday for the opening round of the Class 7A, District 12 tournament. The Hawks will face Melbourne.

“We’ve been having a real big focus on passing toward the end of the season and it’s improved,” Wayne said. “We were strong offensively at the beginning of the year and now we’ve caught up a little bit defensively. Hopefully, we can put the two things together for next week.”

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