Personal: Beyond her volleyball talents, Grote has a diverse background. She engaged in multiple sports during her childhood, including softball, basketball, and track and field, in addition to volleyball. Her interests also led her to be a part of her high school's marching band, where she played the flute and piccolo. In her free time, Grote enjoys reading, hiking, and paddleboarding. She has a penchant for culinary adventures, loving to cook and experiment with new recipes. Grote also has a taste for the arts, having worked as an actress during her childhood, including an appearance in an episode of "iCarly." She was born in Flagstaff, Arizona, and considers former Washington head volleyball coach Keegan Cook as someone who has made a significant difference in her life. Grote's vibrant personality and multifaceted talents make her a standout athlete both on and off the court.
Other Professional Experience: Grote spent 2022-23 season with Sigorta Shop in Turkey.
At Washington: Grote showcased her talents during her college years at the University of Washington. She was a five-year letter winner and a three-year starter for the Washington Huskies, making her mark in the world of college volleyball. Over her college career from 2018 to 2022, Grote made appearances in 119 matches and played in 378 sets. Her remarkable stats include 718 kills and 342 total blocks, solidifying her reputation as a formidable presence at the net. Her career hitting percentage of .380 ranks her fifth in the history of her school, Washington. Grote's excellence extends to her single-season records. She achieved impressive hitting percentages, including .415 during the 2021 season (ranking sixth in the school's single-season records) and .410 in 2022 (ranking eighth). She consistently led the Huskies in hitting percentage during her final three years and topped the team in solo blocks during her last two seasons. Grote's achievements did not go unnoticed, as she earned Second-Team AVCA All-America honors in 2021 and received Fourth-Team All-America recognition from Volleyball Magazine. She was a three-time AVCA All-Region and All-Pac-12 Conference performer, highlighting her consistent excellence on the court. Her impressive career also included three Pac-12 Player of the Week commendations, including recognition as a Defensive Player of the Week. In her fifth-year senior season, Grote played a pivotal role, ranking second on the team with 297 kills and maintaining an impressive .410 hitting percentage. She consistently showcased her prowess, hitting better than .400 in 17 matches during the 2021 campaign. Her contributions played a significant part in leading the Huskies to a Pac-12 title and an NCAA semifinal berth during the 2020-21 season.