Columbia College’s Katherine Weisenborn limped out of Southwell Arena on Tuesday night with sore feet. She could barely walk.
“I’m not able to move as well,” she said. “I’m getting to the ball part of the time, but hopefully that will come as my feet are getting better.”
Despite playing with the I injury, Weisenborn was instrumental in the Cougars’ 30-8, 30-17, 30-18 victory against Hannibal-LaGrange in an American Midwest Conference match. The win improved Columbia College to 26-6, 8-0. The Trojans dropped to 7-11, 3-6.
“I’m trying to play through it,” she said. “It’s bothering me a lot, but my doctor says just to keep going.”
Weisenborn, playing in her first game after a nearly 1 1/2 month bout with plantar fasciitis, returned to the lineup and contributed five digs and a service ace, no small feat considering her state after the game.
Weisenborn is one of a handful of injured Cougars, and not the only one to play Tuesday. Hitter Doris Wefwafwa, who hasn’t played since Oct. 4, missed the game with the flu.
Setter Nikolina Rastovac sat out as well after a hitter going for a dig knocked her in the face Tuesday in practice. Her injury required stitches on the right side of her lip. Meanwhile, Weisenborn began practicing Tuesday.
Hitter Sandra Gomez-Botero filled in nicely for Wefwafwa up front, although she wasn’t playing at full strength, either. She wore a bandage to protect a sore left wrist that she injured by routinely knocking against the floor going to hit the ball.
“Sandra has a really bad contusion on her wrist,” coach Melinda Wrye-Washington said. “When she blocks, she pulls her hand down. When she hits, she doesn’t ever bring it up. It’s really bad ... a huge bruise on the side of her arm. Probably shouldn’t be playing.”
Gomez-Botero finished with a team-high 15 kills and 15 digs. Hitter Jacqueline Makokha added 19 digs and 12 kills.
Junior Tracie Ford moved from her usual spot at outside hitter to take over for Rastovac at setter. She had 35 of the team’s 43 assists.
“I get nervous at first, just trying to train myself not to hit and get back to setting,” Ford said.
Columbia College played its best in the first game, when it used a 15-3 run to end it. The Cougars struggled at times in the third game as the Trojans built a 9-7 lead before the Cougars got on track.
Wrye-Washington said she feels getting back to full strength will help prevent such breakdowns.
“We dropped a match on Saturday (to Central Methodist College) that if we had our front six on there, we would never lose,” she said.
“I think that we’re growing. I think that by playing good competition and being in these situations, maybe the man upstairs has a plan for us.”