Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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October 17, 2013

Stew-Stras dominates Ramsey, turns focus to NTC

STRASBURG — Senior Lindsay Burton did the only thing doctors said she could do on the volleyball court, serving Stew-Stras’ final three points on Wednesday.

Burton, who suffered a high ankle sprain Sept. 19 that ended her season, checked into the game with the approval of head coach Ronda Schlechte to serve and then stand safely in the corner of the court.

“I wanted to do that, but didn’t want her to get hurt at the same time,” Schlechte said. “I’m glad she got to do that because she was upset that she didn’t get to play tonight.”

Schlechte told her senior, from the sideline, to “Stand still” after serving the ball, while her teammates practically competed one player down to win the final three points of its two-set win over Ramsey.

Whether or not she got to play as physically as she normally would, Burton said being on the court to finish the Comets’ senior night highlighted her lost season.

“That meant more to me than anything,” said Burton, who injured her ankle in a game against St. Elmo/Brownstown. “That was the best part of this whole season. It was awesome.”

Schlechte said it was vindication for her senior, who aspires to play college volleyball, at the end of what would be a stressful season for any athlete.

“It’s bothered her a lot,” Schlechte said. “It kind of hurts because she was wanting to do college ball. She’s got club (volleyball) to look forward to.”

On the court, Stew-Stras made quick work of Ramsey, winning 25-13 and 25-7, but Schlechte said her team did a good job not playing down to its opponent.

Schlechte said Wednesday’s win should boost the team’s confidence because it played the game it wants to play on a regular basis.

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