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Community colleges go head to head to benefit breasts and put the smackdown on cancer on Oct. 28.

SLO County folks (and Santa Barbara County residents whose sympathies lie north of the border) can cheer on Cuesta College’s volleyball team, which is inviting fans to join the squad in going pink for their conference showdown against rival Allan Hancock College.

“The Cougars’ match with the Bulldogs is designated as the Dig Pink Cancer Awareness Night,” Pete Schuler, Cuesta’s sports information director, said in a press release. “The teams will battle each other on the court starting at 7 p.m.; however, they are united in the battle against cancer.

“The Cougars have joined with the Side-Out Foundation and Dig Pink campaigns and will contribute the gate and all donations to the fight against cancer,” he added. “Please join us.”

The Side-Out Foundation supports teams nationwide in volleyball tournaments, clinics, and other fundraising efforts.

Cougar fans (and, yes, Bulldog fans, too) are encouraged to wear pink in a show of support for the fight against breast cancer. Tickets cost $3 for students and children and $5 for adults. All proceeds will be donated to the Side-Out Foundation. People eager to give more, or donate money without attending the game can go to side-out.org/application/ous/fundraising_page/2416.

If, for some reason, you can’t travel, you can catch the match live on Charter channel 19, thanks to Cuesta TV, a partnership of Cuesta broadcast students and faculty, the County Office of Education, and the college’s Marketing and Communications Department.

Don’t have a TV? See it streaming live at Network1Sports at network1sports.com.

Now for some sports jargon: The Cougars are 7-6 on the year and 3-2 in the WSC. On Oct. 26, press time for New Times, the team was set to travel Santa Clara to take on Mission College.

Other team notes include the news that 2010 All- Western State Conference setter Ensley Allmon suffered a recent injury, so the team turned to 2009 All-WSC setter Ashlan Cate.

“The Coast Union grad redshirted last season and had made the full-time transition to libero this season where she has been a standout in the backrow for the Cougars … ,” read a press release from the college. “Cate’s 509 assists in 2009 rank No. 9 all-time at Cuesta. She dished out 48 assists last week as the Cougars split a pair of WSC teams.”

Wow.

I’m sure there’ve been happenings at Cal Poly, too, but volleyball and breast-cancer awareness took up all our space this week. Until next time, Mustangs!

Executive Editor Ryan Miller compiled this week’s Cougars and Mustangs. Send comments or items for consideration to cougarsandmustangs@newtimesslo.com.

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