Junior Captain, Stephanie Skidmore, has her long blonde hair in a ponytail and shuffles around talking to her team while keeping an eye on the opposing team’s warm up. She continues to tug on her jersey and anxiously drinks water, and in between smiles, she hopes hide her nerves.
The gym at Staples is cold because of the air conditioner, but you can see the beads of anxiety running down the heads of most of McMahon’s volleyball team. Tension is high for this game especially since this is Skidmore’s first game back since her injury at practice two weeks ago.
At practice two weeks ago, Skidmore went up to block next to Anissa Borno and when she was jumping up, she hit Anissa’s elbow and fell to the floor. After that she went to see Ashley the Trainer and she recommended seeing a doctor. After practice, she went to the doctor to end up being diagnosed with a concussion.
Never having a concussion before, Skidmore had to adjust her daily routine. She had to limit her time driving and wasn’t allowed to drive at night because of the lights. She also couldn’t stare at screens for too long because they gave her headaches.
During her five games off, she sat the bench and she was frustrated at the fact that she couldn’t just get up and play. She wanted to help on the court because maybe she could’ve done something to change the way the games turned out.
Skidmore finally got to come back last Friday, October 5th, after almost two weeks on the bench and played one of her better games statistics wise. Skidmore said, “There was a little pressure coming back after being gone for so long because I hadn’t practiced a lot and I just didn’t want to get in the game and not be as good as I was before my concussion.”
On Friday, McMahon went point for point with Staples for the first game and ended up winning, and then went on to win the second game basically blowing out Staples, but lost the last three games so Staples took the win right from under McMahon’s nose.
Skidmore wasn’t disappointed at the fact that the team lost because McMahon took Staples to five games and gave their best effort. Coming back off the bench, Skidmore had a 2.5 passing rate out of 3 meaning that on a scale of 1-3 with 3 being the best, her passing score averaged out to be a 2.5. She also had a few blocks at the net and served aggressively at Staples.
“I knew Staples was a good team going into the game and I’m just really happy and proud that we didn’t give up and played our hearts out to the best of our ability, and that I didn’t suck.”
Since the game Friday, Skidmore has slowly begun playing just like she did before her injury a few weeks ago.
Stephanie claimed “The part of having a concussion was that I could leave class and take walks because my head hurt, so I didn’t have to sit there for 90 minutes.”
Having a concussion was annoying for Stephanie because she felt like she wasn’t doing everything that she could. She was meet with constant headaches and feeling as if “her brain wasn’t working properly.”
She also was restless all the time because there were so many restrictions. She was unable to drive a lot and had to find other ways to occupy her time other than using her phone and playing volleyball.