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VOLLEYBALL BEAT : DORAN IS PAIN FREE AT LAST.

There was a time when senior Holly Doran wondered if she ever would play volleyball again.

A year ago, the top outside hitter at Flintridge Sacred Heart began experiencing pain in her right wrist. A dozen doctors couldn't find the problem and last January the pain spread to her elbow.

``It was miserable, absolutely miserable,'' she said. ``One doctor said I would lose 50 percent use of my hands.''

Last May, she was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, which is caused by pressure on one of 12 thoracic nerves in the neck that restricts the flow of blood to the wrist and arm.

Neck massages and ultrasound were the cures. Now, Doran is pain-free and leading the Tologs in kills (86), solo blocks (32) and blocking attempts (29).

``I'm so relieved,'' she said. ``It's nice not to have any more pain.''

Over 94 percent served

Starting this season, teams have been able to serve from anywhere behind the back line instead of just on the right side. No team seems to have taken better advantage of it than La Reina.

The undefeated Regents have been beating opponents off the serve all season. They're getting 94 percent of their serves into the court, 18 percent of which goes for aces.

Last week against Fillmore, Aimee Thompson served 12 points in a row in one game and Alyssa Hain served 10 in a row. They were so effective that Tory Fithian and Kristin Kreur didn't serve the entire match.

``With this new (rule), it helps,'' Thompson said.

Coach Don Hyatt said the variety of serving techniques the team uses has been critical to its success. Hain has a quick jump serve, Thompson floats hers at people, and Kindria Cuccia can place a serve in any area by using either a floater or a serve with top-spin.

Coach knows best at Chaminade

Sometimes, a coach knows what she is talking about. Case in point: Chaminade's Marla O'Hara in talking to senior outside hitter Jennifer Piper.

Piper was having problems getting to balls when she was playing in the backcourt. So O'Hara told her to stay lower to the ground.

Piper never listened until last week against Harvard-Westlake. She said she figured a top individual effort would be needed against the Wolverines.

When she stayed lower, her digging improved and she got to more balls. She said she was more focused, which in turn helped her hitting. Chaminade lost the match, but Piper was converted.

ETC

Ready to start now: In his years at Poly, coach Jimmy Ikeda never has started a sophomore on the varsity team. Then again, he's never had a sophomore like Gabi Gallardo. Gallardo, a 5-8 outside hitter, leads the team in kills.

``She's very athletic, very aggressive,'' Ikeda said. ``She's bigger than most 10th graders.''

Ready to set now: Junior setter Alina Techasombooranakit was not in Providence coach Andrew Bencze's plans to play because he had senior Jenny Velasco.

But when Velasco went down a month ago, Techasombooranakit was pushed into action. The team was 4-1 with Velasco setting. Now, they're 11-2.

In the driver's seat: Paraclete's three-game sweep of Mojave was the first time the Spirits have defeated the defending league champions since 1993. Now, Paraclete is in position to claim its first High Desert League title since 1992.

``It was awesome,'' said middle blocker Kim Whisler, who added the team has a tendency to play up and down. But it was focused against the Mustangs. ``We didn't give them a chance to get into their game.''

Statistically speaking: Several Valley Alternative records have fallen. Senior Christina Cruz has 237 career digs, a school record. She also has a record 142 digs this season. Freshman Karla Gonzalez has a school record 143 assists and 84 kills this season.

In addition, Agoura's Danielle Agliam has been hitting the ball consistently well. Last week, she registered 50 kills in two Marmonte League matches. She also had 43 digs in the matches against Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. For the season, she is averaging 18.5 kills and 19 digs per match.

Montclair Prep senior Karyn Dousette, a 5-9 senior outside hitter, is averaging 24 kills per match, the highest in coach Jeannine Smith's three years.

MISDIAGNOSED, MISUNDERSTOOD

Flintridge Sacred Heart volleyball player Holly Doran has taken a long road to recovery. Here's a list of the many steps it took to finally cure her aching wrist.

EARLY-MID OCTOBER 1995

Sent to hospital emergency room with pain in right wrist. X-rays taken. Misdiagnosed with sprained wrist ligaments. Put in cast covering entire lower arm and elbow for one week.

LATE OCTOBER 1995

Misdiagnosed with a torn capsule in the wrist. Given cortisone injection to reduce inflammation.

MID NOVEMBER 1995

Arm placed in cast covering entire lower arm but not including elbow to immobilize area.

DECEMBER 26 1995

Misdiagnosed with Kienbock disease.

EARLY JANURARY 1996

Started visiting hand specialists. One suggested the pain was psychosomatic.

LATE JANUARY-EARLY FEBRUARY 1996

Underwent MRI and CAT scan to check against a brain tumor. Neither test revealed any abnormalities.

FEBRUARY 1996

Misdiagnosed with a pinched nerve in neck. Examination revealed no pinched nerve. Later misdiagnosed with cervical rib syndrome. Diagnosis disproven with X-rays.

MARCH 1996

Diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome. Massages to neck and physical therapy finally prove to be the cure.

DAILY NEWS RANKINGS (Through Tuesday's games)

No. School Record LW

1. Westlake9-0 1

2. Harvard-Westlake 9-1 2

3. La Reina 9-0 3

4. Van Nuys 9-1 6

5. Notre Dame 9-2 4

6. Royal 8-3 5

7. Hart 10-1 8

8. Kennedy 8-0 7

9. Providence 11-2 NR

10. Flint. Sacred Heart 7-3 9

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Photo, Box, Chart

Photo: No Caption (Holly Doran)

Gene Blevins /Special to the Daily News

Chart: DAILY NEWS RANKINGS (see text)

Box: MISDIAGNOSED, MISUNDERSTOOD (see text)
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