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Ally Grothusen

Ally Grothusen

Sport: Volleyball

Age: 17

Grade: 12

School: Bettendorf High School

Coach's reason for the nomination: "She is consistently our kill leader, most efficient hitter, most efficient passer, and one of our leading diggers," said coach Diana Lichtenberg. "She is one of the captains and floor leaders."

How the athlete trains: "Volleyball is based off of a ball control and that is something you have to constantly train in order to be successful. I also work on my blocking technique and hitting specific spots on the court that defense has a hard time picking up consistently every day in practice."

Advice for others who want to play this sport: "Go into it with a positive attitude and bring a lot of energy and communication to the court. Even if you are not the best player technically, coaches also pay attention to people who will be good leaders and who bring positive attributes to the team."

Athlete’s plan after high school: "My plan after high school is to attend the University of South Dakota where I will be playing volleyball and earning my nursing undergrad, and then go to a graduate program and become a nurse practitioner."

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