2017-10-07 / The Bullhorn

Bulldogs receive once in a lifetime experience with Tar Heels

By Madison Fuller
Bullhorn Editor


Pictured is the RCS middle school volleyball team with Shannon Lewis, head coach. The team visited UNC-Chapel Hill recently, and met the college’s volleyball team. 
Photo court esy of Shanon Lewis Pictured is the RCS middle school volleyball team with Shannon Lewis, head coach. The team visited UNC-Chapel Hill recently, and met the college’s volleyball team. Photo court esy of Shanon Lewis The Roxboro Community School (RCS) middle school volleyball team had the opportunity to interact with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) volleyball team during the UNC vs. Louisville game on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Shannon Lewis, head coach of the volleyball team, reached out to Kinsey Mace, the marketing assistant for UNC athletics, as soon as she heard about the opportunity.

Ten out of the 12 girls on the RCS team were able to attend the game.

The UNC vs. Louisville match-up was held at Carmichael Stadium on the UNC campus.

The RCS girls participated with the UNC players with the team tunnel while the starting line-up of the UNC players was announced.

The RCS players were able to sit behind the UNC bench and act as a UNC pep squad to cheer on the team.

“The spirit was so high coming from this group of Bulldogs; they appeared on the Jumbotron and UNC social media several times throughout the game,” explained Lewis. “During the game, two marketing assistants stated to me, ‘Your girls are great’ and ‘These girls are awesome.’”

The RCS girls’ spirit was at full throttle — dancing, singing, and cheering behind the bench — even though UNC lost the first two sets of the game.

The Tar Heel team referred to the RCS players while they were in huddles. UNC came back to win the next three sets and won the game.

Lewis also said that after the game, a mother of a UNC setter said, “These young ladies were wonderful to watch. They never stopped. It was great to see them behind the team.”

“It was awesome to get to see how their team worked and to find different things they did to incorporate into our own team warm-ups and huddles,” said Ava Bowen, RCS volleyball player.

The UNC players handed out autographed volleyballs and T-shirts to the RCS girls. After the game, the RCS players were able to participate in an autograph session with each UNC volleyball player.

“The RCS Lady Bulldog spirit matched the UNC band and students; however, there was something about these [RCS] ladies that seemed to stand out, not only by me but the [UNC] team, their families, and UNC faculty,” said Lewis.

“That spoke volumes to me.”

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