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BLUEFIELD, Va. (WVVA) - The Bluefield College volleyball team was in action tonight taking on Georgetown College, but it was a pregame event that stole the spotlight.

Today is freshman Sydney Spencer's birthday. She had one wish, to see her brother, Sgt. Joshua Cipolla, who is serving in Afghanistan.

While Spencer thought she had to settle for balloons and a card sent by her brother, she was overcome with emotion when he showed up on court.

"I actually wished this would happen because I knew he was coming home on my birthday," she said. "My parents had me because my mom told me as soon as she gave me the balloons, these are from him, he wishes he was here. As soon as I turned around, it was just… I can't even express how I felt, I was so happy."

Spencer said she planned to spend the evening with her brother watching the new ‘Thor' movie.

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