KU Volleyball vs. Texas A&M (Photos by Jeff Jacobsen)
Career Honors 2008: Academic All-Big 12 First Team. 2007: Academic All-Big 12 First Team.
2008: Junior Season
Appeared in all 29 matches making 20 starts as a defensive specialist... Earned second consecutive Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors... Recorded personal career single-season highs with 243 digs and 2.29 dps, which ranked second on the team along with her 24 service aces... Scored multiple service aces on four occasions... Averaged 2.44 dps in Big 12 matches... Led the team in digs on five occasions and tallied double-digit digs 10 times, including two outings of 20-plus digs... Had three matches with 30 or more service receptions, going errorless in all three... Dug up a team-high, and personal best at the time, 18 balls versus Iowa State on Sept. 20... Served a career-best five aces against Kansas State on Oct. 1... Recorded the first 20-dig performance of her career at Missouri on Oct. 15 leading the team with 20 scoops... Notched a career-high 21 digs versus Missouri again in the team's win over the Tigers on Oct. 29 while chipping in three assists to tie a personal best.
2007: Sophomore Season Appeared in all 30 matches and made five starts as a defensive specialist ... Academic All-Big 12 First Team ... Third on the team with 26 service aces and a .946 service reception percentage in 504 chances ... Tallied seven matches with multiple aces ... Dug up at least one ball in every match and averaged 1.69 dpg ... Went seven consecutive matches with a perfect serve reception percentage after more than 100 chances ... Had double-digit digs on four occasions, including a season-high 14 in the season opener versus Cal State Bakersfield on Aug. 24 ... Recorded seven digs, two service aces and a kill en route to KU's defeat of Missouri State on Sept. 1 to help make coach Ray Bechard the winningest coach in KU volleyball history ... Served up three aces at Oklahoma on Sept. 15 ... Tallied 13 digs against Baylor on Oct. 17 ... Posted 11 digs versus Missouri on Oct. 27 and again against Iowa State on Nov. 17 ... Added three service aces versus the Cyclones.
2006: Freshman Season Saw action in all 29 matches including seven starts ... Played in 97 games ... Added depth to KU's back row as a defensive specialist ... Tied team season-high with 30 service aces ... Led KU with 17 service aces in league play ... Tied for ninth among Big 12 players with 0.31 service aces a game ... Recorded a season match-best four service aces twice ... Accumulated 215 digs (2.22 dpg), fifth-best on the squad ... Had 10 games with double-digit digs ... Recorded at least one dig in every game she appeared in but one ... Tallied 10 digs in her second collegiate appearance versus Maine on Aug. 26 ... Had 13 digs at Temple on Sept. 1 ... Dug up 10 balls on Sept. 2 against Rutgers and tallied a career and team-high four service aces ... Added 13 digs and her first collegiate kill versus Arkansas Sept. 9, while also serving up another four aces for the second time in three matches ... Posted a career-high 16 digs in a 3-2 victory against Texas A&M on Sept. 20 ... Notched a 14 dig performance versus Iowa State on Sept. 30 ... Recorded 13 digs and a match-best three aces in a 3-1 victory over Kansas State Oct. 11 ... Dug up a game-high 15 balls at Texas A&M on Oct. 21 ... Tallied 11 more digs to lead all players on Nov. 15 at Baylor ... Ended the season with 10 digs at Kansas State on Nov. 25.
High School Graduate of Olathe South High School ... Coached in volleyball by Ken Talcott ... Member of the all-state team ... Helped her team to a Kansas Class 6A state championship in 2005 ... Went to state tournaments with the volleyball, basketball and softball teams as a senior ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Played for the Oz Volleyball Club and was coached by Khoi Du ... Helped club team place third at nationals.
Personal Full name is Melissa Lynne Grieb ... Parents are Jeff and Mary Grieb ... Father played baseball at Wichita State ... Has two sisters, Stephanie and Rebekah ... Stephanie was an All-American volleyball player at Mid-America Nazarene ... Majoring in human biology.