The Journal Register (Medina, NY)


October 30, 2013

Albion volleyball defeats Iroquois in five-set thriller

Chanyce Powell provides spark for Capacci's squad


ALBION — Immediately upon walking into the Albion HS gym on Tuesday evening, you could tell that the volleyball match being contested was a meaningful one. The stands were packed to the rafters, as Albion and Iroquois fans took turns leading cheers and stomping feet, in an attempt to give their respective teams that extra edge.


The home-court advantage pushed Albion in the right direction, and the No. 2 Lady Purple Eagles held off No. 7 Iroquois in a five-set thriller, in a Class B quarterfinal game. With the 3-2 victory, Albion moves on to face No. 3 Cheektowaga in a semifinal matchup, to be held at 6 p.m. Friday in Albion.


“I’d say it was pretty intense,” veteran Albion coach Ann Capacci said. “It was really back-and-forth. We had some key serving spots, and the kids just refused to lose. They didn’t want the ball to hit the floor.”


The match was filled with momentum swings, as one team would seem to take control with a seven- or-eight point run, only to be answered with a similar run by the opposition. 


Albion won the first set 25-22, holding on after taking a 22-14 lead. Iroquois countered with a tense 25-23 victory in the second set, rallying after Albion took a 23-22 edge.


The Lady Purple Eagles rebounded to win the third set 25-22 in another closely contested back-and-forth battle. Again, Iroquois struck back, easily winning the fourth set 25-15 to set up the decisive fifth set.


With the fifth set tied at 10, somebody needed to step up, providing the spark that would edge her team to victory. That girl proved to be Albion freshman Chanyce Powell, who answered the bell with several hard spiking kills late in the set that drew the pro-Albion crowd into a frenzy. Each of Powell’s points was met with an enthusiastic cheer from Capacci and the Albion sideline (which included Albion athletic director Randy Knaak), in addition to plenty of high-fiving and fist-pumping from the players on the court.

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