HELENA — Former Helena High volleyball great Mallory Grimsrud, who is presently attending graduate school at Adams State University (Alamosa, Colorado) while seeking a masters degree in sports marketing concluded her illustrious career at ASU in 2017 with two school records, and ranked No. 2 in four other categories.
Grimsrud, a 6-foot-2 middle blocker, was a three-time first team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference selection from 2015-17, and a two-time All-American her final two seasons.
"Mallory was a big part of our success her years in our program," Adams State coach Lindy Mortensen related. "Not only did she have a tall presence at the net, but she was always a reliable athlete on the court as well as in the classroom."
As a freshman, she was selected second team all-conference and was chosen the RMAC Freshman of the Year. The next year, Grimsrud set the school record of 45 solo blocks in a season while collecting her initial first team all-conference award.
Her junior season — and ASU teammate (and former Capital High great) Savannah Smith’s collegiateswan song — Grimsrud was selected by the American Volleyball Coaches Association to the 2016 Division II All-American honorable mention team. She led Adams State's spikers with 396 kills, 35 solo blocks and 128 total blocks, with a season-high of 25 kills versus CSU-Pueblo.
She was the first Lady Grizzly to make AVCA All-American since 2008.
In 2017, Grimsrud paced ASU with 400 kills and a .346 hitting percentage, in addition to 28 solo blocks and 123 total blocks, while retaining first team All-Region and HM All-American citations. She wrapped up her college play with another Lady Grizzly record of 143 lifetime solo blocks, and finished No. 2 on the school’s career lists at 1,298 kills, 480 total blocks and 337 assisted blocks.
A four-time All-Academic recipient, Grimsrud actually pulled off a unique awards “double grand slam” by capturing back-to-back AVCA All-American and All-South Central Region recognition, as well as RMAC All-Conference and All-Academic.
"Mallory always seemed to come through in matches for us," Mortensen said. "She was one of those players that we depended on to score her three rotations at the net."
At HHS, Grimsrud was part of three Lady Bengal top-three finishes at the all-class volleyball tournaments — two state AA championships (2010-11) and a third place (2012) — while garnering all-conference her senior year for Helena’s spikers.
Mallory, who is the daughter of Vern and Gayle Grimsrud, graduated Adams State last spring with a degree in business marketing and an associate’s art degree, with a minor in coaching.