Central Washington’s volleyball team will wear pink for its Saturday night home match against Northwest Nazarene in an effort to promote breast cancer awareness.

The wearing of pink uniforms for has been a Wildcat tradition since the mid-2000s. CWU often joins Kittitas Valley Healthcase Hospital and other local businesses in the nationwide cause.

Central’s team, meanwhile, will seek to gain some momentum after a slow start to a highly-anticipated season.

Coach Mario Andaya said senior middle blocker Erin Smith, the former Selah standout, rolled her ankle and missed several recent matches. And senior outside hitter Jordan Offutt has torn the same ACL she injured last season, which has pretty much ended her career.

Andaya said Smith will likely return to action Saturday, and that true freshman Jordan Deming will try to fill in for Offutt. Deming, who was slated to redshirt after starring at Century High in Hillsboro, Ore., has been impressive with 22 kills in her last two matches.

“She’s a talent,” Andaya said. “We hadn’t planned on playing her this early, but we pretty much got backed into a corner with the injuries to Erin and Jordan Offutt. We’ll just try to get on a roll and see where it takes us.”

Saturday’s 7 o’clock match will be key, since Central is 4-4 in the GNAC and 8-8 overall while Nazarene is 6-2 and 10-4.