Suns to Wear Special Patriotic Jerseys

Arkansas Tech Athletics will continue its year-long partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project on Tuesday, Oct. 11, when the Golden Suns volleyball team wears special edition red, white and blue jerseys for its match against Ouachita Baptist.

First serve at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville is scheduled for 7 p.m. No admission will be charged.

Fans will have an opportunity to bid on the jerseys (modeled here by, from left, Kaitlyn White, Marcela Mascarenhas and Thabata Galvao) via a silent auction during the match. The winning bids will be announced following the match.

All proceeds from the silent auction will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, a national initiative that raises awareness and enlists the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, helps injured service members aid and assist each other and provides unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

“The Arkansas Tech Athletics Department identifies a worthy cause each academic year as a way of giving back to the community,” said Kristy Bayer, assistant athletic director, senior women’s administrator and head volleyball coach at Arkansas Tech. “The hard work of our student-athletes and the generosity of our fans have allowed us to contribute to organizations like the Arkansas Rice Depot, the Salvation Army and Main Street Mission in recent years.

“This year, we wanted our charitable efforts to benefit the people of the U.S. military who sacrifice each and every day so that we can enjoy our many freedoms,” continued Bayer. “We are proud to partner with the Wounded Warrior Project and recognize those who have served our country.”

Bayer also expressed her appreciation to Dr. Owen Kelly of River Valley Orthopaedics, who sponsored the special edition jerseys.

The Golden Suns (21-3 overall, 8-0 GAC) are in sole possession of first place in the Great American Conference standings midway through the league race.

Arkansas Tech defeated Ouachita Baptist 25-14, 25-14, 21-25, 25-18 on Sept. 13.

The Lady Tigers (12-10, 3-5) have seen each of their last four matches go the maximum of five sets. OBU went 2-2 in those matches. The Lady Tigers have won five of their last eight matches to move into a share of sixth place in the GAC standings.

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