Navy's Carolyn Ewert overcame injury to lead Mids

Navy's Carolyn Ewert

Jan. 24, 2012

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy junior volleyball outside hitter Carolyn Ewert has never let anything get in the way over her volleyball career.

She was told she was too short to play Division I volleyball, but the 5-foot-9 Bakersfield, Calif., native was starting as a freshman for Navy in 2009.

When she tore her ACL freshman year, she had to wonder about her future in the sport; and when she did it again and missed her entire sophomore season, she had to consider the fact that she may not be able to play volleyball again.

But she worked hard through rehab and finally returned to the court as a junior, where she led the Mids in kills during a healthy 2011 campaign.

Ewert was fortunate that she came to Navy.

"I didn't know if I was ever going to be able to play again," she said. "I was lucky that I go to Navy and my scholarship isn't dictated by playing sports. I don't know if another school would have had the time and patience to go through that."