Cinnamon Sary found it hard to stand on her own two feet at the end of her final volleyball match on the Newport Harbor High court.
The senior needed a hand to get up, yet no one was around at first to help her.
The problem was practically everyone else in the gym rushed the court to celebrate an upset win of Mater Dei. The Sailors had just qualified for the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA girls' title match and the reason why laid smack right on the floor.
Sary was in pain, unable to move.
The feeling was the best Sary said she has ever experienced.
Sary led the Sailors to the unthinkable, a section finale, with a 22-kill and six-dig effort. The odds were stacked against them with a standout player quitting the team a couple of weeks before the playoffs.
At first, Sary didn't believe in any postseason run, until Coach Dan Glenn made her and the rest of the Sailors buy into the possibility. Sary matured into a leader down the stretch, someone Glenn counted on.