Patriots take home 3rd place in Volleydawg Tournament

This past weekend the Patriots traveled to Lebanon, TN to participate in the “Volleydawg Classic” at Cumberland University. After a slow start on Friday night with losses to Cumberland University and Pikeville College, the Patriots were able to rally back with a strong showing on Saturday. The ladies finished strong by beating Mid-South Conference rival Pikeville College to take home 3rd place in the tournament.
The offensive attack was lead by a pair of new comers from Boone County High School. Freshman, Lauren Bowling led the offensive assault with a total of 52 kills for the weekend and added 54 digs in the back row. Taylor Malott, who runs the offense from the setter position, did a wonderful job of distributing the ball to a talented hitting group and recorded 116 assist on the two day campaign. While the freshman were a great boost, they were not out there alone. The back row was anchored by veterans Mandy Gray and Shay Mangan. The two defensive specialist started the offense with tremendous defense and serve receiving. The pair was able to dig up 87 balls on defense and serve receive with 85% accuracy. Sophomore Sam Gehler also contributed to the campaign with 24 kills, 15 digs and 5 service aces.
The Patriots prepare for a tough couple of weeks of competition, but they are excited about the challenge. The upcoming schedule for the Patriots is as follows:
Thursday 9/3/09 Midway College Versailles, KY 7:00
Friday 9/4/09 Rochester College Louisville, KY 3:00
Hiwassee College Louisville, KY 4:30
Spalding University Louisville, KY 7:30
Saturday 9/5/09 IU-Northwest Louisville, KY 12:00
Penn State –GA Louisville, KY 3:00
Monday 9/7/09 Georgetown Lourdes Hall 2:00 and 4:00
Thursday 9/10/09 Lindsey Wilson Lourdes Hall 6:00
Friday 9/11/09 Free Will Baptist Lourdes Hall 7:00
Saturday 9/12/09 Berea College Lourdes Hall 10:00am
Hiwassee Lourdes Hall 6:00
The matches on Saturday 9/12/09 will be played in honor of the Restavec’s in Haiti and the work John-Robert Cadet is doing to help end this form of slavery. A donation will be taken up as well as a portion of the proceeds from concession sales on that day will go to Mr. Cadet’s work. Below is a little of his story.
From the ashes of the institution of slavery rose Haiti in 1804, the first black republic in the western hemisphere. Soon after, the same former slaves who had unchained themselves, reinstituted a new kind of slavery. Under the pretext of caring for destitute children, the former slaves chained these children in the worst kind of servitude that they themselves had experienced. These slave children are called restavec, a French word that means "staying with". They are deprived of all humanities and basic education, and brutalized worse than the slaves of the past because the supply seems unlimited, and they have no monetary value.
These slave children sleep on rags or cardboard. They go to bed late and wake up early, and are forced to do the work that the paid servants will not do. Today, there are approximately 250,000 restavec children in Haiti, lost human resources that the country will never recover, and who will never have the opportunity to become productive member of Haitian society. Despite laws that have been created under the pressure of human rights organizations, Haiti continues to hide child slavery behind the mask of restavec. And the laws are often violated by the very people who helped write them.
As a former restavec, I came to the United States at the age of fifteen to resume my restavec status in the home of my former "masters." When they realized that the restavec system was not conducive to American society, I was shown the door to fend for myself in the streets of New York. In Restavec, my autobiography, published by the University of Texas Press, I show the faces of the restavec children behind the mask. I vividly describe my childhood in restavec servitude as well as my subsequent life in the Unites States, where, despite American racism, I put myself through college and found success in the United States Army and in business. Today I am a high school teacher in Ohio.
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