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Westfield Volleyball Wins Big, Raises Funds, at 8th Annual Pink Out Tournament

Westfield High School hosted its 8th Annual Pink Out Volleyball tournament Friday, raising money to fight breast cancer. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna
Westfield High School hosted its 8th Annual Pink Out Volleyball tournament Friday, raising money to fight breast cancer. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna
Westfield High School hosted its 8th Annual Pink Out Volleyball tournament Friday, raising money to fight breast cancer. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna
Eighth grade Westfield volleyball players Jane Sullivan, Gianna Mangiameli and Anna Tichenor sell treats to raise money for Susan G. Komen. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna
Parent volunteer Karl Sottung Credits: Leah Scalzadonna

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School volleyball teams won big against Scotch Plains-Fanwood in the eighth annual Pink Out Friday at WHS. The tournament, organized by the parents of the volleyball captains, raised money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Westfield swept Scotch Plains-Fanwood in the freshmen, junior varsity and varsity matches. Thrilling as the victories were for the Lady Blue Devils, the tournament was about much more than the competition. 

The high school gymnasium was filled with pink, from the parents and friends in the crowded bleachers to the volleyball court outlined in pink tape. Pink balloons, streamers and homemade signs for each player added to the festive atmosphere.

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“The whole town becomes involved,” Lisa Scarano, parent of volleyball captain Leigh Scarano and one of the event’s organizers, said. “It’s a lot of preparation that starts months ago. It’s a wonderful cause in honor of our coach, Beverly Torok.”

Torok, a breast cancer survivor, led a special ceremony honoring breast cancer survivors at the event’s conclusion. She also gave an emotional speech in which she thanked the parents for their hard work and explained the theme, “More Than Pink.”

“For us, it’s more than just this night,” Torok said. “It’s about the awareness, getting the word out. So many people, just in this town, have been affected by this disease. More Than Pink is a meaningful saying.”

“This year was better than all the past years,” junior varsity player Hailey Priscoe said. “It’s a lot of work but it’s a lot of fun.”

The total amount of funds raised will not be determined until the end of the month, as the Lady Blue Devils continue to hold events throughout October, including a fundraiser at the Westfield Diner and a tradition known as “flocking.”

“Somebody will give us an address in town, and we’ll put pink flamingoes on their lawn,” explained Torok. “Then they’ll sign somebody else up and give a donation. Then we move it to the next person. It’s fun.”

This year's Pink Out sponsors included: Adam Tech, Westfield Indoor Tennis, Xenex Disinfection Services LLC, Saint Barnabas Medical Center , Shackamaxon Golf Club, Flo Fitness, Chipotle, Kicks n sticks, Varsity Vantage, A. Priscoe Irrigation, Ince Landscaping, Overlook Medical Center, Westfield Health and Rehabilitation, Thibaut Design, Crush Volleyball, Prominent Properties/Sotheby's International Realty, Swingle family, Central Jersey volleyball club(CJVA), Judite and Dean Goulet, Miller family, Gary and Joan Fox, Fuscon Enterprises, Inc, Epic softball of Stirling NJ, Merit Kitchens, Coldwell Banker, Anthony James Construction, C2 Education, IGEA Brain & Spine, Gold Medal Squared X-tra Mile Fitness and Ferraro's Restaurant Group.

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