O'NEILL STEPS UP BIG FOR WESTLAKE : WESTLAKE 3 ROYAL 0.Byline: Lee Barnathan Daily News Staff Writer
Until about 45 minutes before Thursday's Marmonte League The Marmonte League is a high school sports league primarily made up of schools from Ventura County. The Marmonte Leauge is part of the CIF Southern Section. Click here to view the league schedule. girls' volleyball match, Westlake High School's Leigh O'Neill expected to play in the back row against Royal.
Then Courtney Miller announced she was deciding to have foot surgery and would miss perhaps the rest of the season.
O'Neill, like the rest of her teammates, expressed shock at Miller's sudden decision. Inside, the butterflies started building in O'Neill's stomach.
Then she stepped onto the court and helped show how deep her team is, registering 12 kills in the Warriors' 15-5, 15-2, 16-14 victory at Royal.
Brooke Rundle also helped the Warriors (8-0, 3-0) with her digging. To close out the second game, Rundle made three outstretched out·stretch
tr.v. out·stretched, out·stretch·ing, out·stretch·es
To stretch out; extend.
Adjective digs, two off hits by Sherisa Livingston, Royal's 6-foot-1 middle blocker.
Westlake was so strong defensively that it limited Royal (4-1, 2-1) to just eight kills in the first two games.
Rundle also spread the sets around, helping Heather Hutchison Heather Hutchison (Nicknamed "Hez") (born August 6, 1988) is a singer-songwriter/pianist from St. Albert, Alberta, Canada. Early Life
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O'Neill wasn't in the mix until Miller, the top of her left foot bruised bruise
v. bruised, bruis·ing, bruis·es
a. To injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of (part of the body) without breaking the skin, as by a blow.
b. and discolored dis·col·or
v. dis·col·ored, dis·col·or·ing, dis·col·ors
To alter or spoil the color of; stain.
To become altered or spoiled in color. a shade of blue, decided surgery was needed to remove a bone fragment from her foot.
Miller, a highly recruited senior, suffered the injury as a freshman but only started feeling pain this year. Surgery always was an option, but originally she opted against it because she wanted to play.
She reconsidered when her foot started to hurt last week and worsened during Wednesday's practice. She visited a doctor Thursday and decided to have the operation.
``It's nothing major, but if I don't get it done, it'll break and it'll hurt,'' she said. ``It's kind of frustrating frus·trate
tr.v. frus·trat·ed, frus·trat·ing, frus·trates
a. To prevent from accomplishing a purpose or fulfilling a desire; thwart: , but either I'm going to be out now, or I'm going to be out in club, or I'm going to be out in college.''
Mullen moved into Miller's hitting spot, and O'Neill, whose hitting had previously been limited to practices, moved into Mullen's spot on the left side.
Hitting against Royal was especially fun for O'Neill because she played club with Livingston and Courtney Guerra, Royal's top two hitters.
``We had a little feud going through the net,'' O'Neill said. ``It was a pretty good time.''
Guerra, the Highlander's only productive hitter in the first two games, finished with 15 kills, and Livingston had eight.
Up next for Westlake is a tournament in Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States. , beginning today. Several top teams from California, Florida, Texas, Arizona and Oregon are entered. Westlake is seeded fourth in the 16-team tournament and is in a pool that includes Newport Harbor.
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