VERONA, NJ - Verona and Cedar Grove volleyball battled for a good cause at the annual Dig Pink game in Verona on Thursday.  The Hillbillies took the match in two games, defeating the Panthers 25-12 and 25-18, but the Minette's Angel Foundation was the big winner as the teams raised $2,211 for the breast cancer support group.

Minette's Angels supports breast cancer patients and survivors, by providing assistance to those in treatment, supporting research and promoting breast health awareness, which is vital to saving lives. The foundation offers scholarships to Verona students entering the medical field; placing a priority on nursing majors, and provides a scholarship to Seton Hall University for a second year nursing student.

"We were here for Dig Pink and the most important part of this whole thing is that we were here to raise money for breast cancer," said Cedar Grove coach Alicia Angione.  "It's great to have the fans here supporting a great cause.  I told the girls that at the end of the day, that's all that matters, win or lose.  And they did play well and they played hard.  Verona is a great team and we tried to beat them, but we'll be ready for next year and try to beat them at home."

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It was Verona athletic director Bob Merkler's first Dig Pink game at VHS and he was impressed with the crowd and enthusasm.

"I thought it was a tremendous turnout.  I worked very closely with Michelle Kiernan and the Minette's Angels Foundation and to  see everyone come out tonight and support the cause and to raise this much money is a great thing," Merkler said.  "It was a nice night and I can't wait until  next year."

Verona coach Jeff Stiefbold echoed Merkler's thoughts and was also pleased with his team's performance in the match.

"Dig Pink is a tremendous event that we look forward to playing in every year.  It makes the game a little more special because the fundraising money goes to such a great cause," Stiefbold said.  "We're happy for the great turnout and we're happy that we came out on the winning end of the match."