GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A volleyball player from northwestern Michigan is hoping to help Team USA bring home a gold medal from the Olympic Games in Rio.
Alisha Glass was a standout performer at Leland High School, where her mother was her coach. She was named Miss Volleyball her senior year and led Leland to a state championship. In college at Penn State, she and her team won three national championships.
Now she’s the setter for Team USA. Head coach Karch Kiraly calls her one of the best setters in the world — high praise from one of the greatest volleyball players of all time.
Glass has played on a lot of winning teams, but says she’s got a special feeling about the one she’s on now.
“To win in Rio would be actually making history, and so I think we all feel something special brewing on our journey towards that,” she said. “I’ve been a part of really great teams, and some pretty cool championships and I’ve been able to be successful there, but this one takes the cake. This one’s pretty amazing. So I think that’s what we’re working towards and we want nothing less.”
Glass and the U.S. volleyball team, a favorite to medal, open play on Sunday, Aug. 6. Brazil loves volleyball, so it will be a great stage for them.
—Online:2016 Olympic Games in Rio