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Point Park sweeps two matches at Volley for Vision, raises money for ROPARD

Oct. 16, 2010

PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University volleyball team won both of its matches and raised lots of money for ROPARD at the 3rd Annual Volley for Vision at Greentree SportsPlex Saturday.

Pictured:  Point Park volleyball players posed with honorary team member Cassie Bruno (front row, center), who is the inspiration for Volley for Vision. The Volley for Vision T-shirts had "V4V" inscribed in braille.

Box score vs. West Liberty

Box score vs. Urbana

The Pioneers swept West Liberty and Urbana to improve to 23-8 on the year, and in the process, they raised money and awareness for problems related to blindness in children. The Association for Retinopathy of Prematurity and other Related Diseases (ROPARD), is the leading organiztion dedicated to funding research and awareness for low vision and blindness in children related to premature birth.

Point Park beat West Liberty by scores of 25-16, 29-27, 25-13 to start the day. The Pioneers erased a three-point deficit in the second set to come from behind and take contral versus the Hilltoppers (8-14).

Point Park cruised past Urbana by scores of 25-18, 25-16, 25-12. Urbana (8-15), an NCAA Division II independent and a former AMC member, beat West Liberty, 3-0, in the second match of the day.

Volley for Vision was created by the Point Park volleyball program in 2008, and Saturday was the third straight year the Pioneers hosted the event. Since its inception, Volley for Vision has raised thousands of dollars for ROPARD.

All proceeds from Saturday's tri-match will be donated in full to ROPARD. All money collected from admission, concessions, raffles, a chinese auction and other donations will be sent to ROPARD. More than 30 auction items were donated by area business for the event.

Some donations came in the form of pledges on a "per dig basis" for the match versus West Liberty. Point Park recorded 56 digs in the match, and that figure will be used to tabulate the donations in that form.

The inspiration for Volley for Vision is Cassie Bruno, the young daughter of Point Park volleyball head coach Mike Bruno. Cassie is legally blind as a result of her premature birth in 2005.

Cassie Bruno and her classmate, Shaylin Abrams, from the Western PA School for Blind Children, served as honorary team members for Point Park. Abrams, a talented musician who is in elementary school, got the day started by singing a rousing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner before the first match of the day.

To find out more about Volley for Vision or to donate, visit www.volleyforvision.org.

Check back later for complete statistics from Volley for Vision