Indiana redshirt junior outside hitter Kendall Beerman will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury. The 6’2″ native of Lexington, Kentucky leads the Hoosiers with 179 kills (3.38/set) this season, and was hitting .235 with 8 service aces before the injury. She went down in the 2nd set of the team’s 3-0 loss to Minnesota, where she recorded her 700th career kill. The Hoosiers lost the first 2 sets 25-21 and 25-19, and then lost 25-14 in the 3rd set after Beerman’s injury.
The loss means a likely increased offensive role for Elizabeth Asdell, who ranked 2nd on the team in kills last season but has taken on a more diminutive role this year; and sophomore Kamryn Malloy, who has 70 swings in her last 3 matches after only 11 in the rest of the season combined.
“Unfortunately, it looks like this old knee of mine needs an upgrade,” Beerman said in a post to her personal Twitter account. “I feel so much love and support from my team, staff, friends and family here at IU. I am so blessed. Just another opportunity to attack this and come back even better next year. All good here.”
Having already used her redshirt on her freshman season, barring a special injury waiver (which seems unlikely given that she’s played 53 sets this season), she will have 1 year of eligibility remaining next season.
Indiana is 11-4 this season in their first year under new head coach Steve Aird. That’s already just 1 shy of their 12 wins from last season. The team is 2-2 in the Big Ten, which ties them with 5 other teams for 5th place. Next week, they’ll face Michigan State and Michigan on the road before travelling on October 10th to face the defending NCAA Champion Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Unfortunately, it looks like this old knee of mine needs an upgrade. I feel so much love and support from my team, staff, friends and family here at IU. I am so blessed. Just another opportunity to attack this and come back even better next year. All good here ❤️
— Kendall Beerman (@_kenbeer) October 2, 2018