Chimes’ Athlete of the Week: Volleyball’s Tess Van Grouw
Van Grouw’s defensive prowess earns the senior libero her second Chimes’ Athlete of the Week award. | Photo Courtesy of Molly Kaptein
For the second straight week, a senior women's athlete has given her team a huge win and earned a Chimes Athlete of the Week distinction. This time around, the honor belongs to senior libero Tess Van Grouw, whose ability on the defensive end of the court has carried Biola’s volleyball team all season long. That especially proved true on Sept. 16, when the Eagles needed every single one of Van Grouw’s season-high 30 digs to come out on top of a five-set nailbiter on the road against the Concordia University Eagles, the defending PacWest Conference champions. Van Grouw also recorded two service aces in the monumental victory. However, a big game from the senior leader known as “TVG” can hardly be surprising at this point in her career. After a breakout junior season in which she set school records for most digs in a season (612) and in a single game (39), Van Grouw earned a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American honorable mention and a first team All-Golden State Athletic Conference nod. She picked up right where she left off this season, averaging over 22 digs per game over the Eagles’ first nine contests.