Girls Volleyball Championship Game

Falcons Capture Net Crown
Posted on 10/12/2018
Image of Girls Volleyball Champs(Michael Beaven for Ohio.com/Akron Beacon Journal)

The future looks bright for the Firestone and Buchtel volleyball teams.

The present isn’t too bad either as the rivals from the west side of Akron met in the City Series postseason championship match on Thursday night.

An enthusiastic crowd came to Buchtel to watch, and they were treated to a fast-paced match that Firestone won three sets to one.

“We just came together, and we blocked out the crowd,” Firestone sophomore Alison Zupancic said. “We didn’t let that get in our heads, and we just played as a team like we always do.”

Zupancic finished with 25 assists, 11 service points and five aces. Junior Si’Ayera Boone totaled 13 kills, three service aces and two blocks for the Falcons (14-8, 10-1).

“This team has a lot of heart and is peaking at the right time,” Firestone coach Stacey Myers said. “We have been improving every week. Our goal and our theme this year is ‘Success is the only option,’ and success for us is looking better than we did that last time we were in the gym.”

Senior London Green paced the Griffins (11-10, 8-3) with 22 assists, 20 service points and two aces. Senior Ron’Naeza Saunders spiked down 10 kills.

“My girls have a lot of heart,” Buchtel coach LaCresia Beecher said. “They want to win and have come a long way. They hustle from the beginning of the game to the end, and they did not give up on themselves. That is a lot to take in to next year.”

Firestone won the first two sets 25-16 and 25-19. Buchtel won set three 25-14 and then the Falcons took the fourth set 25-17.

“We all just connected together, and we all had to lift each other’s heads up after the third set,” Boone said. “When we all jell together and know our strengths, we can win.”

Firestone junior Josey Capper had eight digs, seven kills and three blocks, and senior Monte’Na Pitts contributed nine digs and three aces.

“We have bonded together and know each other’s strengths and weaknesses that we can work with,” Capper said.

Myers called on 13 girls to play Thursday — Zupancic, Boone, Capper, Pitts, Latayzha Watson, Brianna Williams, Reyanna Putnam, Jordan Owens, Jakai Polk, Maliyah Ramsey, Maria White, Jakaira Polk and Stella Hudson.

“I usually only play seven or eight girls in a match, but with this team they have certain gifts and niches, so we want to emphasize those gifts and bring those out for the team,” Myers said.

Image of Girls Volleyball Champs 
Image of Girls Volleyball Champs
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