Tennis player loses match with stairs; cast matches school colors

PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Niskayuna High School tennis player Isabel Vanderveen, 14, does her homework while her team competes against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Isabel broke her leg three days ago and is out for six weeks.PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Niskayuna High School tennis player Isabel Vanderveen, 14, does her homework while her team competes against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Isabel broke her leg three days ago and is out for six weeks.

By Kristin Schultz

Gazette Reporter

In a match between Niskayuna varsity tennis player Isabel van der Veen and the stairs, the score was love-40.

Making the best of a set of broken bones and a season on the bench, van der Veen can be see on the sidelines sporting a school-spirited red-and-white cast.

“I wanted something cool and fun to show team spirit,” van der Veen said.

On Sept. 8, the freshman said she got in a fight with her younger sister and on her way down the stairs to talk with her mom, tripped and fell down three or four stairs and broke her fibula and tibia. She had only played two games for the school team.

“I’ve sprained my ankle a lot and could walk after [each injury],” van der Veen said. “After I fell, I knew it was broken because I couldn’t walk.”

The cast is red with a spiraling white stripe. Her friends and teammates have signed it.

There will be no swinging the racket for van der Veen this season as her leg will be in a cast for six weeks, essentially the entire season. Like a warrior, however, she plans to be back on the court in fighting form next season.