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Grand Island boys volleyball reaches state tourney for first time, Clarence falls

The Grand Island boys volleyball has advanced to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association state tournament for the first time in school history.

Grand Island beat Section V champion Churchville Chili in four games Saturday. Game scores were 21-25, 25-21, 25-20 and 25-12.

In the first game, the teams were tied at 19-19 before Churchville scored three consecutive points and eventually won the game. But the tide shifted from there. Leading two games to one, Grand Island roared to a 14-6 lead in the fourth game and plowed to the victory.

Next up is a trip to Albany on Saturday for the state tournament.

Also Saturday, Clarence lost a five-game marathon to Section V champion McQuaid Jesuit with game scores of 25-18, 23-25, 25-21, 25-27 and 15-7.

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