Lady Spartan Volleyball’s Alyssa Grohs achieves 1000-assist milestone

Sophomore Alyssa Grohs (shown at center holding a commemorative gold volleyball and framed photograph) made her mark in Wessington Springs High School volleyball history last week when she collected her 1000th career assist. Shown left to right are: Head Coach Lynn Neely, Carissa Scheel, Marissa Dornbusch, Riley Roduner, Haeleigh Mulder, Ashlyn Weber, Avery Orth, Hannah Heezen, Alyssa Grohs, Caroline Witte, Raylee Fagerhaug, Mariah Messmer, Sarah Poncelow, JV/Assistant Coach Kaci Anson. 

Wessington Springs High School (WSHS) sophomore Alyssa Grohs cleared 1,000 assists last week during a 3-0 win over Sunshine Bible Academy (SBA).  It’s a noteworthy milestone, but even more so because Grohs, who has been playing at the varsity level since eighth grade,  reached it as a sophomore.

“It’s not uncommon for a setter but this milestone isn’t typically met with such a young player,” said WSHS volleyball head coach Lynn Neely. “She’s a great kid and is super coachable. She works really hard, plays multiple sports and is always in the gym during the off season. She’s one of the hardest workers on the team and truly leads by example.”

Neely said that if Grohs continues to set, she sees her tallying 2-3,000 assists by her senior year.

And that’s a goal — along with 1,000 digs (Grohs estimates that she’s currently cleared about 500) —  that Grohs said she will strive to meet.

“I knew I was capable of it and ever since I started, it’s been a goal of mine to get at least 1000,” said Grohs, who needed 15 assists to reach that goal in the SBA game. “It’s pretty cool it worked out to be a home game and I’m excited to reach it as a sophomore.”

Grohs said she realized her teammates knew about the 1000 mark nearing but was stunned by the  posters, balloons and fanfare.

“It was surprising, I didn’t know other students and the fans knew,” she reflected. “None of this would have been possible without my teammates, the support from my family, friends and coaches. It’s really rewarding and fun.”