It was senior night for the Osborne Cardinals volleyball team against Pebblebrook High School on Thursday night (10/3/19); the tension between both teams was rising.
The score was close in numbers and the intensity grew. Everyone who was there to support was heavily involved and stayed on their feet in anticipation of the next play.
Jeinny Herculano went up to block the ball along with another teammate when she collapsed. Jeinny, a first year volleyball player, tragically experienced her first athletic injury. Jeinny collapsed to the ground after attempting a block, and she initially thought she was okay. Jeinny continued to say, “Yeah, sure I saw when my bone or joint popped out, but there wasn’t any immediate pain. Then I heard someone say ‘oh no there’s blood.’” That’s when Jeinny realized she wasn’t going anywhere except the hospital.
The sensation of numbness and a burning sensation finally struck her. Her eyes began to water. “I wanted to stay calm so no one else would panic, which is why I started laughing and making jokes. I didn’t want anyone to worry, because I knew I would be fine.“
Jeinny is a warm-hearted person who puts others before herself and it was shown tonight. “This is actually the first year I’ve played volleyball and I also hadn’t played any sports previously. I like volleyball because of the little adrenaline rush I get when there’s been a beautiful play. That perfect receive, serve, spike, or even block is why I got hooked on the game. Unfortunately, I’m out for the rest of this season, but I do plan on playing again for the next one.”