When Benet senior Mike Quigley broke his right ankle last week, junior Kevin Massura probably knew exactly how it felt. Not the broken ankle per se, but the feeling of a devastating injury that ends a season.
Quigley was the starting outside hitter for the Redwings when his season was shattered in the first match of the Benet Invitational. Now Massura has returned to the starting lineup a year after he tore the ACL and miniscus in his left knee.
When Massura was lost for the season last year, it was Quigley that stepped up. Now it's Massura's turn.
"It's just a testament to how great these kids are," Benet coach Amy Van Eeckeren told The Heat Index on Saturday night.
Massura's return to the rotation has been notable this week. He led the Redwings (20-10) with eight kills and three aces in a win at Downers North on Wednesday and had nine kills and two blocks in a win at St. Patrick's on Thursday.
Massura had surgery in June, missed club season because of rebab and didn't step onto the court unitl January. Van Eekeren said Massura was tentative at the begining of the season, but she has noticed a surge in confidence from the 6-foot-3 Massura of late.
"I'm pleased he's stepping up," Van Eekeren said.