FGCU volleyball’s Ciara DeBell out for the season with ACL injury


EN Photo / Brad Young

During an eventful match against Indiana University on Sept. 10, FGCU’s volleyball team experienced a great loss even though they won the match.
Ciara DeBell went down with a devastating injury during the 4th set against IU and shocked the crowd along with her team. She went down with a knee injury and later, results showed that she had torn her ACL and would unfortunately be out for the rest of the 2016-2017 season.

Ciara DeBell injury
EN Photo / Brad Young

As a rookie, DeBell came onto the court for the Eagles, making a name for herself by playing in 30 sets since the start of this season. In the second tournament of the season, FGCU Hilton Garden Inn Invitational, she was named All-Tournament team after contributing 28 kills to her team’s success.
So far this season, she has been dominating offensively with 191 attacks, 74 of those being kills, and stayed in during the set to be a versatile player in the back row. She also added 64 digs to her record and nine blocks. DeBell has made an impact on the team thus far and made a great addition on the court next to power hitter, Amanda Carroll, and setter, Maggie Rick.
Because of her ACL tear, she will not be playing along side her teammates for the rest of the season. She has made a difference for the team, allowing them to make history by beating IU and having a winning record of 9-2.
DeBell is a freshman. Therefore, she will still have a few more years to be back on the court after her injury heals, paving the way for more Eagle victories. But for this season, the Eagles will be taking a loss by not having DeBell out on the court.