National High School Coaches Association

December 2010 - Courtney VanGroningen, Senior, Sterling High School, Sterling, Nebraska

December 2010 - Courtney VanGroningen, Senior, Sterling High School, Sterling, Nebraska



A two-sport standout, VanGroningen became one of the state’s most feared outside hitters despite standing just 5-foot-4. VanGroningen set a state record with 51 kills in a match as a sophomore, and this year, she broke her own season state record with 642 kills as she led the Lady Jets to a 30-3 record and the Class D-2 state title match. Though Sterling lost that match in five sets, VanGroningen racked up 30 kills, six blocks, 32 digs and three aces. She also recorded 40 kills in the Lady Jets’ semifinal win and was named the captain of the D-2 All-Tournament Team. She also doubled up at the state track and field meet last spring, winning the Class D 100 and 300 hurdles crowns. VanGroningen signed a scholarship offer to play volleyball at Wayne State University next fall.