Service with a smile

By Ashley Cook
November 17, 2006

The 2006-2007 women’s cheerleading squad is pumped to jump off this upcoming basketball season. Team captains, junior elementary and early childhood education major Elana Kousisis; sophomore pre-nursing major Jamie Clark; senior American studies major Meg Eller and sophomore elementary and early childhood education major Melissa Barrett, with the help of coach Tiffany Bendistis, are really excited to get started.

“We pulled off an awesome Midnight Madness routine,” Eller, said.

“We all get along and work so well together!” The women are even planning “team nights” every month where they can all hang out together. With multiple years of cheer experience, the 13 Lady Cavs plan to cheer for the men’s basketball team and travel with them to as many away games as possible.

With the success of their Midnight Madness routine, the team is really looking forward to getting this season started.

“We’re going to focus on getting ready for the basketball season,” Barrett, said. “We have a lot of really great tumblers and flyers this year. We are working on learning new cheers and we’re getting new mats for our tumbling and stunting.”

With the help of Cabrini’s own mascot, the Cavalier, the team hopes to teach the crowd new cheers and chants to get them in the spirit. “The squad gets people and fans in the spirit by always having a big smile on our faces and getting the crowd more involved in our cheers and chants,” Eller said.

“We also are trying to hold a cheer clinic for a local high school or middle school cheerleading squad,” Clark said. “We also are going to do other community service projects.” Clark thinks the team should send out more e-mails and put up more fliers to get the school into the games more.

The team’s goal is to hold more pep rallies. “The crowd seems to really become involved in events like that,” Eller said. “Also, we are going to try to attend more social events and make appearances at various sporting events on campus this year.”

Either late this season, or hopefully next year, the women will be ready to compete on a college elite level. Their hard work and dedication seems to be paying off. The cheerleaders will be on the sidelines during the men’s first home game against Penn State Berks on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

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