GREENSBORO – One in 8 women are at risk of getting diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. The statistic may easily represent a friend, aunt, sister, or in freshman T'keyah Davis’ life-altering situation, a mother.
Davis and her North Carolina A&T volleyball teammates will host Gardner-Webb in its annual Dig Pink match, Tuesday evening at 6 p.m., at Moore Gymnasium.
Dig Pink matches are collective efforts from volleyball teams on all levels across the nation that encourage players, coaches, fans, and students to wear pink in honor of raising awareness about breast cancer. Before there were Dig Pink matches, Davis was fully aware of breast cancer.
It wasn’t even a decade ago when then 10-year old Davis learned of her mother’s diagnosis. Glennie Mae Hunt withstood a courageous two-year fight with breast cancer before she lost the battle at the age of 48.
Even as time has passed, Hunt’s life and legacy still carries on through her daughter. Despite Davis’ circumstances, she, just like her mother continued to be a fighter throughout the years. She continued to participate in volleyball and her unwavering efforts allowed her to walk-on to the A&T volleyball team this season.
“My mom always told me not to worry,” Davis said about her mother’s condition. “She always told me to do my best.”
Davis’ efforts are noticeable whether she’s working tirelessly at practice, in warm-ups, in games, or cheering her teammates. During her first season with the Aggies, Davis has been used in a reserve role and usually rotates in to serve. Davis is third on the team in service aces.
“T’keyah is a phenomenal young lady,” head coach Hal Clifton said. “She works diligently in the gym. She works hard in the weight room and in the classroom. She’s just one of those kids you’re happy to have in your program. She never complains and is thankful for all that she has. She’s going to keep getting better and better. She’s been getting some touches on the back row for us and there’s a bright future for her in our program.”
Davis, a Creedmoor, N.C., native, majors in psychology. She plans to be an actress or an industrial psychologist after graduation.
“This Dig Pink match really means a lot to me,” Davis said. “I hope more schools get involved in it, and it’s great that schools and teams are showing support for breast cancer.”
- The Aggies are on a two-game winning streak after defeating S.C. State, 3-1 and Savannah State, 3-0.
- Ashley Johnson is ranked sixth in the MEAC in digs (3.74/set) and Aleena McDaniel is 10th in kills (2.63/set).
- Gardner-Webb is coming off a 3-0 loss to Winthrop. The Runnin’ Bulldogs are 2-0 against MEAC opponents in 2013 with wins against N.C. Central (3-1) and S.C. State (3-0).
- The Runnin’ Bulldogs are stacked with a lineup that includes four players averaging over two kills per set (Erin Anderson 2.85, Emily Holte 2.60, Brianna Starr 2.38, and Tyra Montour 2.05).
- Setter Heather Feldman has recorded 830 kills (10.12/set).