When the junior varsity coach at Century quit just before the 2008 season, athletic director Randy Pentz knew just where to find a worthy replacement. That choice eventually led to the school's first state title in volleyball.
After just a year on the JV level, Groves was promoted to the varsity job, where she has compiled a 47-6 record in three years for the No. 3 Knights (18-1). The team improved each year under her leadership and almost had an undefeated season this year before dropping the final regular-season match to Williamsport.
Groves, who was an All-America lacrosse player at Towson High School, has taken Century to the state final in that sport only to lose. It was a bit of a surprise, she said, that she'd win her first state title in volleyball.