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Butte volleyball player earns All-American honors

Brianna Souza was named All-American despite missing the final six games with a torn ACL.

Posted: Dec 6, 2017 7:30 PM
Updated: Dec 6, 2017 7:31 PM

The Butte College volleyball team had a good season, going 21-9 with a second-place finish in the Golden Valley Conference. Sophomore middle blocker Brianna Souza was a big reason why despite missing time with a serious knee injury. Action News Now's Ross Field has more.

Butte's Brianna Souza is racking up the postseason awards having earned All-Conference, All-Region, All-State and All-American!

"I was very excited and surprised," said Souza.

The Chico native and Pleasant Valley High School graduate ranked 13th in California with 3.81 kills-per-set, but she says all the credit goes to her teammates.

"Since I am a hitter, my back row has to dig the ball and thne setter has to set it before I can even touch the ball. So, a lot of credit goes to my team," added Souza.

Souza's numbers and overall season could have been even more impressive if it wasn't for a devastating injury.

"We were playing College of the Siskiyous and I went up to hit and I came down on my left leg only and it popped," says Souza.

She suffered a torn ACL in her left knee.

"I was more in shock than in pain," says Souza.

She missed the final six games.

"It was really hard. I wanted to be there helping them and cheering my teammates on," says Souza.

Now, Brianna is focused on battling back.

"It's been tough because volleyball up to this point has been going so well for me but it's a minor setback," says Souza.

Next week, she'll head to Stanford Sports Medicine Clinic for ACL reconstructive surgery. She says her doctors anticipate a six-to-eight month recovery time.

"The next year holds rehab, weights, and working out in the gym," says Souza.

Brianna, who is set to transfer after the school year, says she wants to play at the next level.

"I'm 100-percent confident that I'll be back to where I was."

With what she accomplished this season, we won't put it past her.

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