CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston Catholic sophomore Catherine Bandak has a very bright athletic future.
Unfortunately, it has been put on hold until next fall.
"I have a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and a meniscus tear in my left knee," said Bandak, who suffered the injury during a volleyball match on Saturday. "I just went up to hit and I guess my knee went in and it just happened. (The doctors) think I will be out six to nine months."
The loss impacts three Irish athletic programs.
The 5-foot-11 Bandak is the leading hitter on the Irish volleyball team, won a state championship in tennis last spring, and was the top rebounder and second-leading scorer on the Charleston Catholic girls basketball team that qualified for the state tournament in March.
At the time of the injury, Bandak said it hurt "but I didn't think it was that big of a deal."
A preliminary exam Monday indicated she had torn the ACL. Wednesday an MRI confirmed that and revealed the meniscus tear as well.
"It's a big blow to the team," first-year Irish girls basketball Coach Paul Sutherland said. "You can't replace somebody like Catherine."