Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- If you go to a Duluth East volleyball practice, you'll notice someone right away. That's Bailey Romans.
At six–foot–four, her teammates don't quite measure up.
"They only reach 5–11, maybe six feet," Romans said. "I got a couple of inches on them."
At least 4–5 inches on them.
It's not just her height that sticks out, though. Romans is also sporting a pair of black eyes.
"Unfortunately, I was in a car accident," she said. "When I came back, I was out for try–outs."
"It was hard for her coming into tryouts with a bruised face and coming out of a car accident," Duluth East head coach Danna Anderson said. "I swear that girl has the worst luck ever."
That string of bad luck started last fall for the Duluth East senior. Romans sat out her junior season with a foot injury before having surgery on a torn meniscus.
"I've had my moments where I've had to break down, but in the end you just kind of build up, and they make you so much better," she said. "It's only temporary so when you get back, and you're able to play again, you're just grateful for that."
A year ago, Romans didn't even get a chance to play on this court. That's why she says she's looking forward to this season more than ever.
"I'm just happy to be able to be on the court," Romans said. "It's my senior year. I'm going to have fun with it as much as possible."
That's all the while prepping for next year and the Division I level at South Dakota State. It's something Romans says she's had her eye on since she was a kid.
"I was just like, oh my gosh, I'm going to grow up, and I'm going to be this awesome volleyball player. Then when they offered me a position, I took it," she said.