Gabrielle Capelle has worked hard at volleyball for a long time, and training diligently with the Dawson Creek Volleyball Club since she was 12. Now, th hard work has paid off, and Capelle will take the court for the GPRC Wolves women’s volleyball team next season.
“It’s super exciting but nerve-wracking at the same time. It’s a great opportunity, a new experience, and I can’t wait,” said Capelle.
Capelle helped win the provincial championship for her school team in 2017, and finished third in provincials in 2019. She will play libero for Grande Prairie, and has a lot of experience playing at a high level.
“Gabby’s passion for the game and willingness to adapt will add tremendously to our program. On top of that, her strong defensive play will help lead the Wolves in the backcourt. ,” said GPRC Coach Lauren Hale-Miller in a release.
Capelle had multiple offers to play for colleges at a variety of levels, but chose the Wolves to start her college playing career.
“It felt close to home, it’s easy for me to come back and visit family whenever, and they say when it feels right, it feels right, and talking with the coach at GPRC, it all felt right,” Capelle said.
DCVC coach Aaron Powell has coached Capelle since she was 12, and has seen her grow as a player constantly over that time.
“She’s been in my program a long time. Gabby is a great kid and a super hard worker,” Powell said.
Capelle is one of five DCVC players from this year that will play college volleyball next season, and one of four — Capelle, Maddie Chabot, Aidan Armitage, and Layla Hingley — who will dress for the Wolves. It’s a testament to both the program, and the hard work that each player put in.
“I’ve grown up with most of these girls, and to have them on the same team, it will be a better support system. People sometimes find it hard to connect with people their first year of college, and I’m very grateful I’ll have these girls by my side,” said Capelle.
This past year wasn’t easy, but Capelle said even if it was just a practice year, it was worth it.
“All our hard work and dedication has paid off. This has been our life, going on long weekends, and missing out on a lot of things that a normal teenager does. We love to play, and decided this year to keep going even if we couldn’t play games,” Capelle said.
“I know a lot of teams haven’t been able to practice at all. We are very fortunate that we got that opportunity. I really appreciate (Powell) and everything he does. It was so great to continue to play in this hard time, a light in the dark.”
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