Horns Defeat Iowa State, Raise Breast Cancer Awareness at Volley for a Cure

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Not only did the ladies of Texas Volleyball land their 44th consecutive home-game conference victory with a win over Iowa State this weekend, they also did a little good for their campus and community, too.

The annual Volley for a Cure event is part of UT’s Horns for Hope initiative, an enrichment campaign to raise breast cancer awareness on the Forty Acres and in the surrounding Austin community. This year’s event brought out the second-largest attendance Gregory Gym has seen since it was renovated in 1998—4,344 Longhorn fans, to be exact.

Sponsor St. David’s Healthcare was on-hand to distribute resource packets and schedule mammograms for women who were overdue. Representatives from Aveda Salon treated attendees to pink manicures and hand massages before the game, and breast cancer awareness ribbons were given out at the Gregory gates. Even some of the “Point! Texas!” posters went pink for the occasion.

Fans were encouraged to bring signs to encourage loved ones battling breast cancer or honoring the memory of those they’d lost to the disease. Survivors received special recognition at half time, when they were invited down to the gym floor and presented with a license plate from MyPlates featuring a breast cancer ribbon.

The Horns honored the cause by pulling out a win over the Cyclones, their ninth consecutive win this season. The third-ranked Longhorn squad is now 13-2 overall and 6-0 in the Big 12. Next, they’ll take on the West Virginia Mountaineers this Wednesday in Morgantown. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

Photos by Anna Donlan.


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