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Dickinson's Grove commits to Cobbers

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High senior Abby Grove, left, sends a kill through two Jamestown players on Sept. 13 during a West Region volleyball match at the DHS gymnasium. Grove, a Class A all-state outside hitter has verbally committed to play for Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.

Dickinson High senior Abby Grove has been asked the question, "Where are you going to play college volleyball?" too many times to count.

Until this week, she never really had an answer.

The question was put to rest on Wednesday as Grove verbally committed to play volleyball starting in the fall 2013 season at Concordia College, a NCAA Division III school in Moorhead, Minn.

"People asked me a lot," Grove said with a laugh. "I didn't really know until this week."

Grove, who finished her senior season at outside hitter with 446 kills -- an average of 11.4 kills per match -- helped the Midgets take third place at the Class A state volleyball tournament. She was named to the all-state first team, all-state tournament team, all-West Region team and all-West Region tournament team.

Other schools showing interest in Grove were Jamestown College, Black Hills State (S.D.) and Bismarck State College.

Throughout Grove's career, she has had a long line of outside hitters that helped her learn the ins and outs of the game -- most notably Madison Deibert, Paige Nash and her cousin, Jess Herauf. Deibert and Nash went on to play college volleyball and BSC and North Dakota State, respectively. Herauf competes for the women's track and field team at the University of Minnesota.

"It made me realize that I have to work really hard to get where I want to be," Grove said. "If I wanted to be one of the starters, I needed to work really hard and do what they were doing."

In the offseason, she went to various volleyball camps and worked out in Dickinson State's acceleration program. Midgets head coach Jay Schobinger said Grove's biggest attribute is her versatility.

"She can play any of the three positions in the front row," he said. "During practice, we even had her in the middle, because she has nice hands. The versatility is what I think is going to be her biggest asset."

Grove is the third Dickinson High player this year to commit to playing college volleyball. Abby Moody verbally committed to North Dakota State at the tail end of the volleyball season -- she'll sign her national letter of intent this spring -- and Rachel Schroeder signed with Bismarck State College on Dec. 21.

"It just shows that we have a lot of heart for the game and we really love to play the game," Grove said. "We worked really hard just to play college volleyball."