Local Volleyball Champ Hits It Big

Geist resident and newly-crowned volleyball champ Grace Kane hit it big this summer when she led her Team Indiana Thundercats to the championship round of the 2012 AAV National Volleyball Club Division Championship, 12 years old and under. They finished third overall out of 71 teams, then Grace found herself in the spotlight as she won a “champion crown” – the All American.

It was a grueling weekend of games in Orlando, Florida, earlier this summer that led up to a final game against the Puerto Ricans – the team who knocked
them out last year. It was the game they needed to get into the championship bracket.

“The pressure was on and I was up to serve,” said Grace with a now more serious tone. “I was about to hit the ball when I heard a huge rumble of thunder outside. I thought, “That’s it! Since we are the Thundercats, it was a sign … I can do this!” Grace served the ball and got an “ace,” which means the opposing team was not able to return the ball. The crowd cheered and her coach, Rebecca Murphy, burst into tears!

Grace was one of 9 girls selected as All American from 800 girls in her division and from 71 teams across the nation and Puerto Rico. Kane enters 7th grade at the new HSE junior high and says she may try out for the school team. Volleyball players look out…the 2012 all American champ is heading your way!

Congrats Grace Kane!

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