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Volleyball - Thu, Aug. 10, 2017
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Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic - The Marian volleyball Dominican Trip has reached the halfway point Thursday, with the girls completing their ministry work at Freedom Christian School. The girls also played their third match of the week against Villa Duarte, coming out on top for the third straight afternoon.

Today at Freedom Christian School the girls were faced with a new task, as the team worked with the Pre-kindergarten four year old class. Hanging out and playing with an older group of children proved less daunting of a task for the Knights, as this age group was more dependent, not needing the team to help with every task. Marian players enjoyed their time spent with the older kids, making the most out of every minute they were able to spend in the classroom. 

As was the case on Wednesday, Coach Ashlee Pritchard and Coach Justin Kean, along with AlyxaKay Shields, Frannie Stephenson, and Julie Hoying, continued to paint the new apartment rooms that were being built on the school site. Along with members of the Freedom International staff, the group was able to complete the paint job to the room they were working in, saving a great deal of work as the apartment gets set to open in September.

To wrap up their time spent at Freedom Christian School, the entire team made a sacrifice that will leave not only an impact on the team, but most importantly on two students at the school for a lifetime. The seniors made a decision that the team immediately backed to forego their standing tradition of "Secret Sister" and their Christmas party budget, and instead of using that money on themselves, the team is using it to sponsor two students that attend the school. Both of these students and new friends of the Marian volleyball team, Alejandro and Yenifer, are currently enrolled in the Pre-kindergarten three year old morning group, and spent their time playing the past two days with new Knights Olivia Gillum and Maddie Keerns. The sponsorship of these two kids will provide the funding for them to eat, go to school, and transportation to name some of the causes. This was something everyone on the team jumped at when they heard of the opportunity, and was a no-brainer. 

After the heart-warming moment at the school, the team said their final good-byes and thank you's, and returned to the Score headquarters for lunch and an afternoon siesta before taking off to Santo Domingo for their third match of the week. Today's contest had the same story, with the Knights winning today's contest 3-0. The first two sets took grit and focus to pull out the wins, as both sets were played extremely tight. Winning the first two sets 25-19 each, Marian blew the door open in the third taking it home 25-14. The team still has a few bugs and kinks to work out, but the chemistry is at a high level, something that everyone hopes will help with the outcome of the 2017 season.

Tomorrow the group will head to a local orphanage to carry out their ministry duties, and will then play late tomorrow afternoon. 

To view the photos from this afternoon's volleyball action, click here.

If you would like to learn more about the Freedom International Organization, click here

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