Rising Star: Wichita Trinity tennis star overcomes odds, returns from injury
WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - In Wichita Trinity Academy’s Isabella Sebits’ sophomore season she was stellar en route to clinching a 4A singles state championship - a goal she was able to obtain as just an underclassmen.
“It was definitely really special for me,” Sebits said. “Honestly, I didn’t believe I could do it. I shocked myself.”
Fresh off of being at the top, Sebits was determined to return. In fact, she was so determined, she trained too hard in the offseason and ended up injuring herself ahead of her junior year.
“I had a stress reaction on the L5 of my spine and I had a partial tear in my knee,” she said. “I was playing in a lot of pain.”
Sebits said she tried to play through the pain but it only made it worse, getting to the point that she was told she was likely to never play tennis again.
“I saw a doctor who told me that if I kept on playing it, I would do permanent damage to my back,” Sebits said. “I thought it would be fine. I thought I could play through it until the doctor made me realize how serious it was. I had to take a break.”
After being sidelined before getting the chance to defend her state title, Sebits put her mind to the recovery process. The time off from the sport she loved and a serious amount of physical therapy allowed her a chance to be back to the sport she loves and is back to her winning ways.
“I was waiting until that first day of practice to see how everything was going go,” said Trinity Academy head tennis coach Kevin Dobyns. “It was impressive.”
Now over a year has past since the injury and not only is she back fully healthy, she has a new mindset on the court.
“I realized I’m more than just tennis and so that really helped with the mental side of the game,” she said. “Now I walk out on the court and instead of being nervous, I’m just grateful that I get to play another day.”
NOW OVER A YEAR HAS PAST SINCE THE INJURY.. AND NOT ONLY IS SHE BACK HEALTHY.. SHE HAS A NEW MINDSET ON THE COURT..
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