By Kristin Schultz
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.