The West Fargo High School volleyball team’s Nov. 5 match was more than just a win added to the Packers’ record.
The Packers launched an “Ace-a-Thon” this fall, where they worked with local businesses, which donated a flat amount or donated per ace the team recorded throughout the season. The team raised over $2,500 in the fundraiser to donate to local nonprofit Zach’s Foundation.
The seniors on the team chose the organization, which was created in memory of 9-year-old Westside Elementary student Zach Rummel who died from a brain tumor in 2015.
The team presented the $2,545 check to members of Zach’s Foundation, which was represented by Zach’s mom, Ellen, and his sister, Alexa, at the Tuesday, Nov. 5 match against Fargo South.
Along with the donation, the Packers notched a four-set, 25-16, 25-14, 22-25, 25-12 win over South in their regular-season finale.
Lucie Holaday and Maddie McKinnon each totaled 10 kills to pace the Packers attack, while Nadia Chwialkowski added nine. McKinnon tallied four blocks and Erin Binstock had six aces. Maddie Waldera recorded 13 digs and Katelyn Tveito had 18 assists.
Zach Rummel died after a 10-month battle with brain cancer. The foundation helps local pediatric cancer patients and their families by helping the children battling cancer be kids. With the funds, the children receive a beach tote filled with personalized embroidered blankets for every child in the family, age-appropriate gift cards, toys, individualized gifts or cash.
West Fargo went on to sweep Wahpeton (25-10, 25-16, 25-20) in an Eastern Dakota Conference play-in match Friday, Nov. 8. With the wins, the Packers rose to 22-9 overall and claimed the No. 6 East Region seed.
West Fargo faces No. 3 Fargo Shanley in an EDC quarterfinal matchup Tuesday, Nov. 12. The East Region tournament concludes with the state qualifiers Saturday, Nov. 16.
Postseason continues the following week with the state tournament, slated for Nov. 21-23 at the Fargodome.