Bailey Lehr received some bad news early last week.
The Scotus senior was informed by doctors the potential MCL sprain she suffered in a scrimmage on Nov. 24 turned out to be a full ACL and meniscus tear once a formal scan was done.
It meant her basketball season and likely her time in a green and white uniform was over.
If her Scotus athletic career is done, she'll at least move on to the next level knowing her she left her best on the court.
Tuesday she was one of four Shamrocks recognized by the Lincoln Journal Star as an All-State volleyball player. Lehr was honored with a Second Team selection, while Courtney Kosch, Chole Odbert and Emily Stutzman were chosen Honorable Mention.
"Our success this season was due to an overall team effort," coach Janet Tooley said in comments sent to The Telegram. "I have to credit both the varsity and JV players as they all worked hard to improve their individual fundamentals, which allowed the overall team competition in drills to rise to a high level that helped us win a lot of matches."
Lehr was especially so, leading Scotus in kills, nearly matching the school record for kills in a match at one point and totaling double-digit kills nearly every time out.
She finished with 346 on the season, the sixth best SCC season dating back to 1976 and finished ninth for a career with 633. Her 60 blocks on the season tied with Amber Buhman for the team lead, was the sixth-best Scotus season in terms of blocks and, with 92 in her career, she'll finish No. 9 in Shamrock history.
Lehr's 221 digs were third-most for the team.
Once she heals up, Lehr will join both the volleyball and basketball programs at Central Community College-Columbus.
"Bailey was our go-to attacker when we needed the big kill," Tooley said. "She also made some outstanding defensive digs throughout the season to keep a lot of rallies going for us."
Stutzman was second on the team with 174 kills, led the way in perfect serve receive passes and had the second-best Scotus season defensively with 371 digs.
Stutzman tied fellow senior Abbie Zoucha with 30 aces serves, the most of any Shamrocks.
"In our three-middle offense, Emily played both the left and right side attack extremely well," Tooley said. "She was also a threat for a surprise middle attack."
Kosch was a two-year six-rotation player who piled up 286 digs.
"Although only 5-8', Courtney played left side attacker and kept our opponents guessing with the variety of shots she had - down the line, cross court or a throw down at the net," Tooley said. "Her jump, topspin serve was also a weapon for us throughout the season."
Odbert completes the full complement of All-State awardees, earning the honor in her first year as the starting setter.
The junior put together 778 assists, No. 9 in single-season mark in Scotus history. Odbert was second on the team in aces and fourth in digging.
"She was not only effective delivering the ball to our attackers, but was also an offensive threat with her skill at dumping the ball and attacking on second contacts," Tooley said. "Chloe was not afraid to get on the floor and play defense."
Scotus finished the year 19-10 and went to the state tournament. The 2018 group ended a three-year state drought, something the program hadn't endured since 1986-1989.
"The players that were selected for All-State recognition, all played six rotations on the court for us," Tooley said. "They were highly skilled in both the defensive and offensive talents required to do that."
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org