Leeta Grap, a 6-foot middle hitter from Kamuela, Hawaii, has committed to play for the North Idaho College volleyball team in 2012.
“When flying into Coeur d’Alene, I fell in love with the scenery, the town and the friendly people,” Grap said. “After taking a tour and getting to know the girls on and off the court, I knew that NIC was the right place for me. Sports have always been a big part of my life.”
Grap led her high school volleyball team to back-to-back Big Island Interscholastic Federation (BIIF) titles while also contributing to her soccer team that won three consecutive BIIF titles and state runner-up her senior year. Grap was awarded Volleyball Player of the Year for the entire island her junior and senior year of high school volleyball. Grap met Coach Kelly at the Las Vegas Classic volleyball tournament, which changed the direction of her volleyball career.
“Leeta caught my eye in Las Vegas, which is tough to do considering there are thousands of athletes on multiple courts,” Kelly said. “She is a middle hitter who plays all the way around, which is what I love having on the court. She’s a great ball handler and can play multiple positions. She is a great fit for the unique offense we like to run. We had a great time getting to know Leeta on her visit and she seemed to fit in great with the rest of the team.”