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WHEN Mitchell Miller fell on his wrist while playing basketball in March, he didn’t think much about it.
In fact, Miller played the entire spring boys volleyball season for Columbus North with what was recently diagnosed as a broken left wrist.
That turned out to be a case of bad timing for the junior. The injury has put a big dent in his tennis season.
Miller, who has played varsity doubles for the Bull Dogs the past two years, returned to the court earlier this week for three junior varsity singles matches. Sporting a cast on his left wrist and forearm, he won two pro-set matches by 8-3 scores and one by an 8-1 margin.
“I didn’t play before my surgery because I didn’t want to mess up my wrist more,” Miller said. “It’s different not being able to hit a two-handed backhand anymore, but the most difficult part is trying to get used to playing again.”
Miller said his wrist got progressively worse during the summer, so about three weeks before school started, he told his mom he needed to see a doctor. That’s when they found out it was broken.
“At first, I could potentially play at the beginning of the season and wait until after the season to have surgery,” Miller said. “But then we went up to Indy to talk to a doctor, and he said we shouldn’t wait until after the season, that we needed to get it done as soon as possible.”
Miller has had the cast on for three weeks. He is supposed to wear it one more week.
“I wish we would have found out sooner, because I would have liked to have played (sooner),” Miller said. “To get back on varsity I would say is my biggest goal.”
However, Miller faces an uphill battle to crack a Bull Dogs lineup that is off to a 4-0 start.
“Mitchell is still a big question mark,” North coach Kendal Hammel said. “I’m not sure if he’s going to get on varsity down the road. He may get some matches in. We don’t know if he’s going to fit in with the whole thing.
“Right now, some things he does really well,” he said. “He has the big serves, and he’s really aggressive up at the net. But he makes mistakes on the groundstrokes, which is practice and playing time. He didn’t get to do much in the summertime. He has a ways to go.”
With nine solid players and only seven varsity spots, Miller and senior Kamal Maharjan will continue battling.
“We have the depth,” Hammel said. “Initially, we didn’t think (Miller) was going to be playing. Once he had surgery, our first thought was right off the bat ‘He’s done for the season.’ So when he came back, that’s a definite plus for us strength-wise.
“It’s a good thing for us to have someone like that, as well as Kamal. I’d rather have the situation where he and Kamal both are there, and we can use them if we need to, and if they end up fitting into it and making a difference, ‘Fine.’ But he’s going to have to work his way in and prove it by the way he plays.”
Miller isn’t sure if he’ll play tennis in college. He wants to study engineering.
“I want to go to a school and get a good education, and if I can play tennis, I would like to,” Miller said. “But that’s not my main goal.”
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