In 2013, then-Smith-Cotton sophomore Bailey Curry emerged as a major part of the Lady Tigers volleyball team at outside hitter. But an ACL injury stopped her junior season before it started.
Now, the senior is back on the court, participating in Smith-Cotton’s volleyball camp this week, both helping younger players improve their game in the 5-8 grade camp and getting on the court with the rest of the Lady Tigers for the high school camp.
“It felt awesome to go help the little kids and be able to actually work with them,” she said. “To have my team and to be back with them, the hardest part of missing last year was to not have that bonding time with the girls at practice every day and missing those games and not being able to participate in districts when it was at Smith-Cotton. The best part of (camp) was being back with them and listening to them joking around in practice and hearing them encouraging me and me encouraging them.”
Curry started rehab the first week of July last year and was rehabbing the knee until January 26.
“Throughout that time they progressed me each week on to different activities I could do,” she said.
She then got a gym membership to workout and strengthen the knee on her own.
“My knee feels 100 percent,” she said. “It feels perfectly normal. I’ve never had any issues with it since surgery. As far as coming back and playing, I’m not quite where I used to be, but we’re working on it.”
Hitting is one aspect where she still needs to improve to get back to where she was before the injury. She was not allowed to hit at first because of fears jumping would re-injure the knee, but she now has been able to hit for a couple of months.
“Darcia Koetting, my coach, has done a great job of making sure everything is OK for me and modifying things if she doesn’t think they’re good,” Curry said. “We have open gyms and weights and I’ve been going to that and trying to work as hard as I can so I can get back and help the team this year.”