Anna Greer Vandagriff has changed the face of Prince Avenue volleyball since joining the program as a freshman in 2018.
That year, she was named second team all-region, the only freshman to make any area team that year. She has since worked her way up to first team all-region, a selection she earned in 2020.
Last year, Vandagriff was additionally selected as an American Volleyball Coaches Association Phenom, a list that recognizes top volleyball players from states around the country. She has since committed to play at Eastern Kentucky University following her graduation from Prince Avenue in 2022.
In 11 matches as of Monday, Vandagriff amassed 148 kills, 59 digs, 17 aces and eight blocks to lead her team to victories in all but one match.
That success translates on the court in more ways than just skill. Vandagriff brings experience and leadership to a young team that she hopes stays with them in their coming years.
“We have a really young team, so some of them are just a little bit nervous under pressure, so I think just really calming them down and helping them focus on the court and encouraging them really helps,” Vandagriff said.
Head coach Morgan Garretson, who is in her second year with the program, has seen Vandagriff grow in more ways than one during their short 12 months together.
“She has completely elevated her game on the court, which is really exciting to see, and then getting to compete at such a high level in the offseason, that really helps as well,” Garretson said. “Just seeing her really grow as a leader, as a person, that’s really cool from my perspective.”
During her final season with the Wolverines, Vandagriff hopes she can leave a legacy behind with her teammates.
“I hope that they always see me as a person who works hard, that can encourage them and lead them on a team,” Vandagriff said. “I hope somebody will fill my shoes next year and keep pushing the team.”