Volleyball: Jessica Johnson's season ends with sprained ankle

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Wed. October 27, 2010 | Bryan Burns

A promising postseason for Bishop McLaughlin junior outside hitter Jessica Johnson was grounded before it even took off.

Johnson sprained her left ankle on the third point of the Hurricanes' district opener against fifth-seeded Brooks-DeBartolo on Monday and sat out the rest of the playoffs.

The fourth-seeded Hurricanes defeated Brooks-DeBartolo in three games but, without Johnson, were unceremoniously eliminated by top-seeded Tampa Prep 25-5, 25-15, 25-7 in Tuesday's semifinal.

Johnson, a North Suncoast player of the year candidate, said she went up for a swing in the early stages of the match and landed directly on a teammate's foot.

"It was really hard to watch my team play from the bench," Johnson said. "I wanted to come back out and play, but I wouldn't have been able to help that much. I wasn't moving very well."

Also handcuffing the Hurricanes against Tampa Prep was the loss of freshman starter Laura Vien, who got sick before the match and couldn't play.

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