Volleyball: Bayshore Christian's Fernandez might still be able to play this season (UPDATE -- 3:59 p.m.)



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Fri. October 30, 2009 | Eduardo A. Encina

It turns out Bayshore Christian junior outside hitter Gabby Fernandez's season might not be over after all.

On Friday morning, Fernandez's father, Dennis, said his daughter would miss the rest of the season with a torn rotator cuff in her right swinging shoulder, but doctors read an MRI Friday and found no tear in any part of her shoulder, Dennis Fernandez said, only a severe case of tendinitis. 

Fernandez, Hillsborough County's leader in total kills with 339, will begin rehab sessions on Monday. Doctors said once she has full range of motion with no pain, she could return to the court.

Dennis Fernandez his daughter could concievably play in the Class 1A state tournament if the Faithe Warriors can win their next two region tournament games without her.

"At the beginning of the year, Gabby chose the motto of the year as 'Expect a Miracle,' and so far it looks like we have a few of them in a row here," Dennis Fernandez said in an email.

Fernandez is the Faith Warriors' top hitter, averaging 4.7 kills a game this season.

Fernandez sat out Bayshore's Class 1A-8 district championship match against Bradenton Christian, a five-set Faith Warriors win. It was Bayshore's 14th straight district title.

The Faith Warriors (14-11) will host their Class 1A region quarterfinal match on Tuesday, starting their push for the program's fifth state title.

-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (eencina@sptimes.com

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