High-SchoolGirl: Durango Classic

Saturday spotlight: Katie George

September, 17, 2011
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Josh Holmberg/ESPNHSKatie George says she sometimes feels pain when she goes on a serving run.
One of the biggest high school girls volleyball tournaments of the season, the Durango Classic, is going on this weekend in Las Vegas, Nev.

One of the players at the tournament, Katie George of Assumption (Louisville, Ky.), is our Saturday spotlight.

After getting her tonsils removed (by choice) over the summer, George developed blood clots. Her doctor told her she would have to sit out her senior season.

So George took matters into her own hands, doing research and finding a way she could be protected and get back on the court. Thus the helmet, pads and compression hose.

“With the helmet, the pads and the hose, it looks like I’m pretending to be Allen Iverson. … I look ridiculous,” George said. “But I don’t care.”

Read the full story from Walter Villa here.

New volleyball rankings released

September, 15, 2011
The Week 2 POWERADE FAB 50 national volleyball rankings were released today, but don't bother memorizing them.

They're bound to look drastically different a week from now.

One of the biggest tournaments of the volleyball season, the Durango Classic, takes place in Las Vegas, Nev., this weekend, and 11 of the teams in the most recent rankings will be going for the title in the desert. Several top contenders will be there as well.

Assumption (Louisville, Ky.), which dropped to No. 13 this week after holding the No. 5 spot earlier this season, is among the teams hoping to claim the Durango crown.

No. 41 Kamehameha (Honolulu, Hawaii), meanwhile, is counting on big support from a wave of fans hitting Vegas this weekend for a college football game between Hawaii and UNLV.

“This will tell us where we’re at on a national level," Kamehameha coach Chris Blake says. "And it’s a great springboard for the rest of our season.”