Vail Christian High School senior Grace Engleby was selected for the Colorado 2A all-state volleyball team

Grace Engleby kicks the ball against Ignacio in the 2A Region 6 volleyball tournament earlier this year.
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Vail Christian High School senior volleyball player Grace Engleby was selected to compete in the Colorado Coaches of Girls’ Sports (CCGA) All-State Volleyball Games. The games will take place on November 20 at 10:30 am at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins. The team consists of the 16 best players of the 2A division; These athletes will be divided into two teams of eight women. Before her game on Sunday, Grace will have photos, team building, practice and scrimmages with other nominees on Saturday afternoon.

CCGA began sponsoring the All-State Volleyball game in 1978 to give girls a chance to show off their talents. Each senior athlete is nominated by coaches within their league, while coaches from all leagues make a final selection of 80. Players are selected based on talent, dedication, team play and leadership qualities.

“Grace has been instrumental in our success over the past few years and especially this season. She took it upon herself to get back into enjoying volleyball and see what she could achieve. Not only is Grace a superb athlete and volleyball player, a fierce competitor, but the real difference this season has been her leadership,” said coach Adina Petersmeyer.

“She has always been able to look beyond her own needs and empower her team in difficult situations. I can think of no one more deserving of this honor than Grace Engleby. I’m so proud of her and I love her so much!”

“Earlier this season it was pretty obvious that Grace would be our team’s captain; She’s been a leader since the day she stepped onto the pitch,” said teammate Aria Webster.

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“Although it took a little getting used to, she settled into the role and emerged as exactly what our team needed: a strong, encouraging and extremely talented individual who could lead us into every game with the confidence that we were going to win we worked together She is our glue. Every day in practice she kept the intensity of the game going and also made volleyball fun with her jokes and random dances.”

Webster went on to commend Engleby for helping the team on their way to the state tournament last weekend. Engleby averaged 3.4 kills per set and led her team with aces and kills.

“I think the rest of the team would agree with me if I said we wouldn’t have gotten to where we were without her and I’m so proud and excited for what she’s accomplished,” she said. “It has been an honor to be her teammate and friend for the past seven years. She deserves every part of the All-State title.”

Speaking of the season, Grace Engleby said, “I will definitely miss the environment and community that is Saints volleyball. Every single player and coach works consistently to make us better players and individuals.”

“Even though volleyball is my passion, I have no plans to play in college. However, I hope to be able to join club teams or even take part in intramural volleyball during my studies.”

“I am honored to have received this recognition,” Engleby continued. “Yesterday I was thinking about how cool it would be to receive the All-League honors. When Coach Adina called to let me know that I had been nominated for the first All-State team, I was absolutely blown away.”