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16-Year-Old Volleyball Player Sues League After Coach Refuses To Let Her Play

| by Tony Tran

A 16-year-old athlete plans to take her league out of the volleyball court and into a legal one. 

Audrey Dimitrew and her family sued her former volleyball league after the girl's coach told her that she would be benched for much of the season, according to the NY Daily News. 

She claims that the move to bench her prevented her from being seen by college recruiters as well as varsity officials. To add insult to injury, the league also disallowed her from transferring to a different team. 

The high school sophomore expressed her sadness in the situation that has prevented her from enjoying her passion.

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"It would be really heartbreaking not to play," she told reporters. "I would be losing a big part of my life."

According to the NY Daily News, the family has invested a lot of time and money into Dimitrew playing volleyball, reportedly spending $6,000 a year to let her play in the league. 

Dimitrew's skills on the court have reflected this, with the league's coaches praising her "college level" volleyball prowess. 

Though she was offered a spot on four different teams in the league, she settled on the Chantilly Juniors.

The coach of this team would later tell Dimitrew that she was not ready to play and benched her for two games. He later told her that she would most likely sit out the season as well.

When Dimitrew attempted to switch teams, the league did not allow her to do so, claiming that it would "set precedent for other players," according to the NY Daily News.

"We would be overwhelmed with requests to change teams," the league said in a statement.

For now, the family is incredulous with the situation, surprised that it escalated to this point.

"I never imagined in my wildest dreams there would be a lawsuit over this," Dimitrew's mother told reporters. "But I think it's the right thing to do. I don't think my child is the only one that has experienced something like this."

Source: The NY Daily News / Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons