Injury compounds bad week for ML
It was a winless week for the Medical Lake girl’s volleyball team that was compounded by a season-ending injury to a key player.
The Cardinals dropped a pair of Northeast A League contests to Freeman last Tuesday 17-25, 13-25, 10-25 and then 23-25, 19-25, 19-25 to Newport Thursday. But the wins an d losses on the court were not all that important when news came about Cheyenne Wollitz’s injury.
Wollitz, a starting middle blocker, broke her ankle in practice and will be out for the season, Cards coach Amanda Higgins said. “She will truly be missed on the court but will continue to cheer on her teammates from the bench.”
“We played fairly well,” Higgins said. “Freeman just had some hitters that put the ball away.” Kaela Straw led Freeman with 17 kills and five aces, while Brooke Riddle had 30 assists. Sydney Kelly led the Cardinals with nine assists while Hailey Cheevers added eight digs.
Kelly’s 18 assists led the Cardinals and Cami Tinsler had 15 digs in the loss to Newport, the team Medical Lake was in a battle with for fourth place in the NEA. Hadley Stratton was a one-person wrecking crew for the Grizzlies with 14 kills and 12 digs.
“The scores really don’t show how hard the team played,” Higgins said.
Medical Lake was at Riverside this past Tuesday and hosts Lakeside tonight (Oct. 10) at 7 p.m. and Higgins is still confident her team will be able to get over the hump.
“We still are in fifth place with still a lot of playing to happen,” Higgins said. “We are excited for the month of October. The second round in our league is always crazy and changes happen in the standings.”
Paul Delaney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.