Hometown: Neilburg, Saskatchewan
High School: Neilburg Composite
Degree: Bachelor of Management
Pregame meal: Anything light
Pregame ritual: Chillax and stay loose
Favourite sports movie: Space Jam
Favourite professional athlete: Tiger Woods
For Steve Gross, the month of November marks the end of a long and successful career as a Viking.
“It’s been a great ride,” says Gross, “I’ll miss it for sure.”
Raised in Neilburg Saskatchewan, Gross had an early introduction to the game of volleyball. “There was no basketball at our school, so volleyball was much more popular than it is in most high schools,” says Gross, “and when I entered high school, it was inevitable that I would play because my dad was the high school coach.”
When Gross first joined Augustana’s men’s volleyball team in 2006, it didn’t take long for him to crack the starting lineup and by year three he was named team captain. Since then he has consistently been an all-star and/or champion and the past weekend’s final against the Ambrose Lions cemented his career in the ACAL. On Saturday, Gross had a stellar night in front row with several thunderous stuff blocks and while chipping in timely kills to lead his team to their ninth league title in fourteen years.
“It was a fun night,” says Gross, “I probably had more blocks in that match than I did in the entire regular season.”
The celebrating will have to wait, however, as the Vikings are off to Saskatoon to compete at Western Canadians, a tournament that Augustana has won every year of the tournament’s existence.