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October 17, 2003

Grubbs closing in on end to solid career


Grubbs closing in on end to solid careerOn her way to being named an all-conference and all-Region VI volleyball performer for the second straight year, Cowley County Community College sophomore Heather Grubbs is hoping to help lead the Lady Tigers to a strong finish in her final season with the team.

Grubbs, a 5-foot-9 outside hitter from Deer Park High School in Pasadena, Texas, was an all-district performer as a senior and was named to several all-tournament teams during her high school career.


While playing club volleyball at a tournament in Rustin, La., she was noticed by Louisiana Tech volleyball coach Heather Mazeitis. Tech’s coach placed a phone call to Cowley head volleyball coach Joanna Pryor, who contacted Grubbs, arranged a visit, and the rest is history.


“Everyone here is really nice,” Grubbs said. “It’s a lot smaller than my high school, but that’s nice because you get to know everybody. I have made a lot of good friends at the school.”


Pryor has enjoyed having the opportunity to coach Grubbs.


“She has a lot of experience and knows the court really well,” Pryor said. “She is just a well rounded player who brings a lot of energy to the squad.”


Grubbs’ solid play has played a big part in the Lady Tigers winning six of their last seven matches, and putting together a record of 18-9 overall. Cowley suffered a tough loss at Independence Wednesday, which ended its six-match winning streak and possibly any shot it had at winning the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division as Johnson County is currently unbeaten in conference play.


“Who knows what will happen, but if Johnson doesn’t lose a couple, then hopefully we will at least finish second in the conference,” Grubbs said.


No matter what happens in conference play, Grubbs’ goal is to make it to the national tournament.


“We expect to win our region,” Grubbs said. “There is nobody better than us in the region if we play like we can. I am really hoping for the opportunity to go to nationals.”


After a four-match losing streak dropped Cowley’s record to 12-8, the Lady Tigers have come back to look like the team that won 12 of its first 16 matches.

“I tell the girls to worry more about having fun than worrying about the scores and winning,” Grubbs said. “If we’re having fun on the court, the other things will fall into place.”


Grubbs is a quiet leader on the court who always seems to come up with crucial points in a match.


“I just try to lead by example,” Grubbs said. “I think being able to step up and make plays when you need them is what makes a leader.”


After graduating from Cowley, Grubbs will continue playing volleyball, but is undecided on where to transfer.


“I don’t know where I will be going to school, but I believe good things will come,” Grubbs said.


Pryor knows where ever Grubbs ends up she will be successful.


“I think she would definitely make an impact for a small (NCAA) Division I or big (NCAA) Division II school,” Pryor said. “She has got a lot of power, she can pass well, and her play makes her a leader.”


Grubbs is a pre-med major, and hopes to become an X-ray technician.