With the luck her Haverford volleyball team has had, Helen Fitzpatrick might want to keep her players in bubble wrap and not let them go anywhere until they're playing.

The Fords got out to a 2-0 lead against Strath Haven last week before setter Katie Lane had her right shoulder pop out on her. That, in turn, helped the Panthers roar back to take the victory, 3-2.

Saturday, Fitzpatrick lost middle blocker Bridget Newman to an ankle sprain and had libero Arden Vizzard take a shot to the face, so the first-year Fords coach is trying to figure out how to change her luck.

"Bridget will probably be out for a while and I just took Arden out because I didn't want her to be hurt,' Fitzpatrick said. "Then we had our backup setter, Erin Girard, also sprained an ankle, but she should be fine. It just wasn't a good week.'

It doesn't get easier this week as the Fords travel to Penncrest tonight at 7 with third place in the Central League on the line, then host league leader Garnet Valley Friday at 5. Haverford's depth will be tested quickly. A win over the Lions would put the Fords in the driver's seat for the No. 3 spot in the league, a spot that would likely give it a rematch with Strath Haven — at Strath Haven — in the semifinals.