Courtney Moore hopes to put knee problems behind her
FARMINGTON — Piedra Vista's Courtney Moore looks to regain her edge on the volleyball court after two frustrating seasons of battling knee problems, and she will have that second chance after signing with Colorado Mesa University today via athletic scholarship.
"I thought my volleyball career was done. I'm so excited to just play again and have that feeling again," the 6-foot-3 middle blocker said.
Moore said middle blocker was a big long-term need for Colorado Mesa, an NCAA Division II volleyball power located in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Moore can make life difficult for opposing hitters at the net. She easily raises her arms up and stuffs the ball.
She can also smash the ball past smaller defenders through the gaps. She hit well over 60 percent her sophomore year in 2016, but was hampered by ailing knees since then.
Moore missed most of 2017 with slightly torn patellas in both knees. And just before the 2018 season, when she appeared ready to return, doctors found a second tear in one of her patellas that had been overlooked — forcing her to miss the entire season.
Moore said she had four surgeries on her knees this year alone, including two complete patella reconstruction procedures.
Moore said she will be 100 percent set to go medically entering her career at CMU, adding that Mavericks coach Dave Fleming didn't express concern about her knees being an issue.
Moore said wants to be more effective blocking hits in instances when the ball may be more out of reach.
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.