Posted On: 09/5/19 12:35 PM

NOTE: The above image is just an example and NOT an actual X-ray from one of the players.

Injuries might be part of the game, but they are most definitely the worst part.

The Injury bug has hit two teams with state-title aspirations in significant ways over the past few days, and it has altered the landscape in both Class A and C1.

Certainly the most talked about injury came on Saturday morning when the reigning Class A Player of the Year McKenna Ruch of Millard North broke the pinky finger on her right hand while blocking against an attack from Western Chrisitian. The finger was so deformed that when Ruch turned to the bench to show what happened, nearly every player on the bench covered their face and looked away.

To Ruch's credit, she got the finger taped up and came back in to finish out the match, even recording a solo block using just her left arm. Ruch, however, did not play the remainder of the tournament and the defending Class A champs have gone 2-2 in matches without her.

Ruch told the Omaha World-Herald that she has surgery scheduled for Friday and she will likely miss 4-6

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