Photos: ORR girls volleyball team raises money with car wash

Sep 14, 2019

MATTAPOISETT — The Old Rochester Regional High School girls volleyball team held a car wash outside of the Mattapoisett Fire Station on Saturday, Sept. 14 to help fundraise for equipment, and future endeavors.

Coach James Oliveira said that in addition to equipment like volleyballs and nets, he would like to use funds from the car wash to send the team to out of state tournaments like the Kaylee Scholarship Association tournament in Florida.

Oliveira said that this is the first time his team has held this fundraiser, but that he had participated in similar events when he played for New Bedford High School. The 2007 graduate added that his mother was a member of the booster club during his years as a student athlete.

Oliveira’s ORR team is off to a strong start this season, with an undefeated record of 5-0. Four of those wins are over teams in the South Coast Conference.

Oliveira attributes his team’s success in part to close bonds between athletes, many of whom have played other varsity sports together, and maintain friendships on and off the volleyball court. For Oliveira, the car wash was another opportunity for team bonding for an already tight-knit team.

Old Rochester will take on Apponequet High School, also undefeated in the South Coast Conference, in an away match on Monday, Sept. 16.