We all know injuries are an unfortunate part of athletics.
They can derail any team’s postseason possibilities.
The second-ranked Kennedy Catholic volleyball team will continue their quest for the 3A state championship without junior OH Shayne McPherson, considered their best all-around player.
McPherson, who already has committed to Washington, suffered a season-ending ankle injury (torn ligaments) three weeks ago when she landed on a teammate midway through the Lancers’ Seamount League match with Evergreen. They went on to win that match 3-0 and have swept six other league contests without her.
Coach Liz Quitiquit said the team is getting back in a groove.
“Our last two matches have been great,” she said. “We have played with lots of energy and found or rhythm. Shayne is a huge part of our team, but other players are stepping up.”
Quitiquit mentioned the efforts of Stephanie George and Apryll Eneliko specifically and said she is still playing around with lineups as Kennedy prepares for what will be an ultra-tough West Central District tournament Nov. 7-8.
“We are excited for postseason to begin,” Quitiquit said. “We have several ranked teams in our district, so we know we have a big challenge ahead of us, but the gurks are working hard and preparing to have a successful postseason.”
That tournament will include the top-four ranked teams in 3A in Auburn Riverside, Kennedy, Capital and Columbia River.
I look forward to covering it. I always prefer seeing teams at full strength, but we’ll see how well Kennedy rises to this challenge.