Brazil Native is Seventh Member of Signing Class
Capri Grotowski Opens Up About her Cancer Battle
Owls Win Program High 21 Matches on the Year
Event to be Held May 11-13 in Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Event Recognized Student-Athlete Achievement On and Off the Field
A graduate of Lake Worth High School, Grotowski attended Northwood University. She was named team MVP all four seasons and after being named an all-conference outside hitter as a sophomore, she moved inside to middle blocker and earned all-conference honors there in each of the next two seasons.
After completing her degree in 2006, Grotowkski chose to focus on sand volleyball. She played on several local tours and had numerous top-three Open finishes, including more than 25 career wins. In 2009, she qualified for an AVP tournament for the first time and played on tour for the next two years. After taking a year off for the birth of her son, Grotowski returned to the beach and recorded a top-10 finish.
In her first season as the head coach at FAU, Grotowski led the Owls to a 9-6 dual match record in 2015, tripling the dual match win total from the previous season. Her leadership helped Brittany Pellitteri and Andrea Galinis to win the Gold bracket at the Fiesta on Siesta Key Tournament.
In 2016, the program's upward trend continued, notching four more dual match victories that it had the previous season and joining the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA). The tandem of Delaney Clesen and Gabrielle Dischler became the first pair in school history to be named AVCA All-Americans.
The Sandy Owls turned a corner in the 2017 season, winning a school record 21 matches, including 18 in a row. FAU defeated four nationally ranked teams during the streak and almost added a fifth, losing a 3-2 decision to #3 UCLA to end the string. At the CCSA tournament, the Sandy Owls advanced to the semifinals. The team's top pair of Jessalyn Kinlaw and Megan Rice were named to the CCSA All-Conference Team and were invited to take part in the National Pairs Championships.
As a coach, Grotowski began coaching a local beach club in 2006, before starting VB Beach, a sand volleyball training club for juniors and adults with her husband, 2012 sand volleyball Olympian Steve Grotowski. The couple have two kids, son, Cayd, and daughter, Kyah.