Oct. 24, 2011
MADISON, Wis. - Crystal Graff, a freshman on the University of Wisconsin volleyball team, is expected to miss the remainder of the 2011 season with a right knee injury she suffered on Oct. 19.
"Crystal's injury is unfortunate and she will definitely be missed on the court," said UW head coach Pete Waite. "We won't know the full extent of the injury until after the surgery, but I know our athletic trainers and doctors will do a great job. I know the rest of our players will step up to the challenge and become even tighter as a team."
Graff, a 6-3 outside hitter, was injured during the second set vs. Minnesota last Wednesday. She did not play the rest of the match or at Indiana last Saturday. Graff will have surgery in the upcoming weeks and is expected to return by the spring season.
The Madison La Follette High School graduate had played in all 20 matches to start the season. She was leading the team with 2.63 kills per set. Graff had double-figure kills in eight matches, including a career-high 15 kills at N.C. State on Sept. 2. She was also averaging 2.22 digs and 0.43 blocks per set.
Junior Bailey Reshel started in place of Graff at Indiana, putting away a season-high 11 kills while hitting .400. The 6-0 Reshel also added three blocks, two digs and one assist vs. the Hoosiers.