Sarah Grove was a dancer – until she learned to play volleyball in middle school.
From then on, she never left the court.
“I danced for 13 years,” Grove said. “In first year, when I did JV (volleyball), I felt like I was much better at it. So I quit dancing to pursue volleyball and enjoyed it. any further.
The Port Neches-Groves High School graduate, who graduated Thursday night, is taking the sport with her to Texas A&M, where she plans to study kinesiology — a choice she made because of volleyball.
But she does not give up her favorite sport.
“I made some of my best friends in volleyball,” she said. “One of them is going to be my roommate at Texas A&M, so I’m thrilled about that.”
Originally, Grove wanted to be a veterinarian. That decision changed when she observed in a clinic last summer.
“I’ve seen some of the surgeries, and…no, I don’t want to do that,” she said. “I want to play with the dogs, not operate on them.”
Director of Student Activities Jon Deckert called Grove an excellent student in every way.
“She’s always been a great athlete, and in the Class of 2022 she shines,” he said. “She will be missed but we know she has a bright future.”
In high school, Grove’s favorite subject was English, saying it ran in the family as his grandmother was an English teacher.
And his favorite match of the year was a victory against the Netherlands.
“He’s our big rival, and it was so exciting,” she said. “It was a nail biter, that’s for sure.”
She was chosen team captain both her junior and senior years.
“I’m very proud of myself to have this,” Grove said.
When it comes to hobbies, Grove loves to travel and see new places.
For Christmas, she went to Wyoming and saw real snow for the first time.
“It was so beautiful,” she said.
Grove has a brother, an older brother who works as a firefighter in Groves.
Prior to dance volleyball, Grove studied ballet, jazz and hip-hop at Taylor Dance Studio in the Netherlands.