Named to the All-Tournament team at the Islander Invitational and Big Orange Bash...Tech hit .185 as a team in 2003 with Laura as the primary setter...was second on the team with 12 double-doubles on the season...had a season- high 66 assists in a win over Clemson... totaled 1276 assists on the season, the ninth best single-season total in Tech history...averaged 11.86 apg on the season...had a season high 10 kills against Baylor en route to her triple-double performance ...recorded team's only triple-double with a 60 assist, 18 dig, 10 kill performance against Baylor...had a season-high 22 digs against Texas A&M...posted the team's second most aces with 23...turned in a match high two aces against #18 Texas A&M...was not only a scholar of the game, but also one in the classroom...named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America District VI University Volleyball third team and first team Academic All-Big 12.
Named to the Hofstra/Asics Classic All-Tournament team in first three games as a starter...Tech hit .224 as a team in 2002 with Laura as the primary setter...ranked 12th in the NCAA with 13.26 assists per game...was third on the team with five double-doubles on the season...her 81 assists against Kansas State ranks as the fifth-best single match performance in school history and the top performance in the Big 12, while her 72 against Colorado is tied for ninth...totaled 1,379 assists on the season, the eighth-best single season in school history...moved into seventh all-time in assists...her 13.26 apg average was the third-best single-season total in school history...had a season-high five kills against Arizona State and 15 digs against Kansas State...a standout in the classroom as well being named to the Verizon All-Academic Region VI third team and first team Acadmemic All-Big 12.
Was a reliable setter in relief of starter Skydra Orzen...made appearances in 27 games at both the setter and defensive specialist positions...tallied 96 assists, 17 digs and four blocks.
A 2000 graduate of Westwood High School in Austin, Texas...played volleyball...coached by Zula Blann, Karen Saucier and Brooke Wells...1999 team tallied a 40-3 record and won the Class 5A State Championship...team was state runner-up in 1998...was a first team all-district selection...MVP of district...Offensive Player of the Year for the Round Rock Independent School District...Texas Gatorade Player of the Year winner...MVP of State Tournament...all-tournament selection at the Duncanville and Austin ISD tournaments...Texas Sportswriters first-team selection...MVP of the Class 4A/5A All-Star Game...National High School Coaches Association National Senior High Girls Volleyball Player of the Year...member of National Honor Society...Student Council...Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Born Laura Grote on May 24, 1982, in San Angelo, Texas...father Tracy is a Texas A&M graduate and is a Real Estate Appraiser...mother Ann is a registered nurse and a graduate of Texas Christian University...has one sister Elizabeth and a brother-in-law Tye Jackson...plans to earn a degree in public relations...enjoys all sports as well as traveling, listening to music and hanging out with friends.