"It started out with rain this morning, so we said it's Sam crying because she can't be here. But the sun came out so it's a good day," said Emily Crabtree, the
Two of her former volleyball teammates organized the "Spikes for Sam" event to raise money for the Samantha Kelly Memorial Scholarship Fund.
They say she was a positive, fun-loving person who is still an inspiration to the community.
"Sam was an inspiration to everyone around us. Every day I live to be a little bit more like Sam," said Samantha’s friend Brynne Kirsch.
Samantha's volleyball coach says the turnout for the event exceeded expectations.
"An event like this just shows that she touched people in more than just the
A total of twenty-three teams competed in the tournament, playing the sport Samantha loved the most.
“I know she made the sun come out today,” said Crabtree.