Everything worked out perfectly.
In the days leading up to Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ fourth annual Victory Bowl volleyball match, Copperas Cove recent graduate Chyanne Chapman experienced a plethora of emotions.
After anticipating the opportunity to represent the Lady Bulldawgs one final time alongside former Copperas Cove teammate Madison Wasiak, Chapman’s chance was stolen.
Diagnosed with strep throat, doctors recommended Chapman forgo the match, but as first serve drew closer, it became evident she could not resist.
“I went to the doctor and got antibiotics,” Chapman said. “Then, Madison and the rest of the team were texting me, asking me to come, so I just came.
“I’m just glad I got one more time to play with a bunch of talented girls and give it my all.”
Chapman, a middle blocker, recorded the Red team’s first point Saturday afternoon at Waco University, but the Blue team simply contained too much firepower, cruising to a 25-12, 25-14, 25-15 victory, leading the entire match.
The final score was not important to Wasiak, though.
“I was feeling a lot of pressure without Chyanne,” Wasiak said. “Doing this together made is so much better.
“We were both here to represent Copperas Cove, and that was a lot easier than just feeling like I was doing it by myself.”
On Friday, the Victory Bowl baseball and softball contests were held at Mary Hardin-Baylor’s campus in Belton. The Red team won the baseball game 14-4 in an eight-inning run rule victory, while the Blue team emerged with a 14-5 victory.
No Copperas Cove athletes played in either contest.
Saturday evening, however, a pair of former Bulldawgs took to the field in the ninth-annual Victory Bowl football game at Waco ISD Stadium.
Defensive back Blair Fraser and linebacker Tyson Curry represented Copperas Cove as members of the Red team, which engineered a wild finish en route to a 24-24 tie.
After the Blue team returned an interception for a touchdown with 96 seconds remaining in regulation, the Red team responded with a 77-yard touchdown pass, tying the score with 28 seconds left in the game, and the deadlock held until the final buzzer sounded.
The Red team claimed a 7-0 lead with 10 minutes, 12 seconds remaining in the first quarter, but the advantage was trimmed to 7-3 by the end of the period.
Early in the second quarter, the Blue team took the lead on a 70-yard touchdown, but it would not last and the Red team had a 14-10 cushion at halftime.
But the Blue team engineered a go-ahead drive to reclaim a slim advantage, 17-14, helping set the stage for the late-game offensive outburst.
The games were not the only highlights, though.
Beginning last Wednesday, players stayed with host families in the Waco area and spent hours practicing, taking part in clinics, enjoying area entertainment, worshiping and taking part in various service projects.
“This whole experience was just awesome,” Wasiak said. “We went to a local recreation center and worked with little kids, showing them how to play volleyball.
“It just doesn’t get any better than to be able to show your passion to others.”