Most college athletic teams work with a charity using one of their home games as a fundraiser. But when Daemen hosts its Spike for Strength Night on Tuesday, the cause is more than community service -- it's personal.
The Wildcats volleyball team will raise money and awareness about Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in honor of freshman middle blocker Mackenzie Knihinicki. The Frontier graduated was diagnosed with the illness this past spring. Knihinicki has responded well to treatment and was cleared to begin practicing and competing last week.
She rejoins on the floor a Daemen team off to an impressive start in its first year of NCAA Division II competition. The Wildcats have won six straight matches and are 10-5 overall. Tonight's 7 p.m. match against Roberts Wesleyan is the team's home opener after spending 15 matches on the road.
At the game, the team will sell Spike for Strength t-shirts and wristbands. All money raised will be donated to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
--- Amy Moritz