Sabrina Radford’s Idaho Crush U-17 club volleyball team was locked in a tough championship match with a Salt Lake City team Saturday.
But the match wasn’t nearly as tough as Radford, who took a shot to the face that turned things around for the Crush.
After taking the direct hit, Radford crashed onto the floor. She popped her head up right away and watched the ball glide over the net to score a point. She threw her arms up, hopped up and began high-fiving her teammates, who were beside themselves, laughing.
Next on the Idaho Crush’s list The team won a bid to represent the Intermountain Volleyball Association in the Junior Olympic National Championships in Indianapolis. They’ll be up against 47 other teams and competing from June 28 to July 2. Ericson said they’re raising money on a GoFundMe page to get the girls out there.
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“That’s what kind of turned the game around for us,” Crush coach Maren Ericson said.
Even Radford’s mother couldn’t contain herself.
“Her mom was crying tears, laughing,” Ericson said. “She was just dying.”
The team went on to win the next two games, the match and tournament championship, said Ericson, who credited the face-shot as the point that led to the win.
Radford wasn’t injured, Ericson said. She doesn’t have bruises and didn’t report concussion symptoms.