CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Earlier this year, Buffalo volleyball player Courtney Persinger was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and celiac disease, causing serious side effects, putting her career in jeopardy.
The senior libero had been a standout player for three seasons, starting and helping Buffalo to the State Tournament every year.
After her health scare, Persinger made her way back onto the court. Although she still has issues with her condition, Persinger is fighting through it.
"When I was first diagnosed, I lost my vision for a while," Persinger said. "I was really scared. I was afraid that I might not get to come back and play, but I did, and everything is good. I give the glory to God for that.
"I'm picking myself back up and going through some troubles with conditioning but it's going good. This is what I want to do and what I have always wanted to do. I'm just glad to be back out here again."
Persinger was manning her usual libero position during Buffalo's tri-match at the Volleyball Showcase at the Charleston Civic Center on Tuesday night, where the Bison split their matches against Roane County and Riverside.
Buffalo was one of 12 state teams at the Showcase, and after disposing of the Class AA Raiders 25-16, 25-7, the Bison dropped their final match against Class AAA Riverside 20-25, 20-25.
Persinger has been through a lot this season but is certainly glad to be back on the court after her serious health battle.