Grace George’s future is on the basketball court.

She finalized that in early September when she made a verbal commitment to play in the GLIAC for Wayne State.

But the DeWitt senior also has a passion for volleyball.

And she’s trying to make the most of her final season playing the sport.

George is doing just that and has been one of the key components for the Class A No. 7-ranked Panthers this fall.

George, an outside hitter, is building off a season in which she earned all-league and all-region accolades. She leads the Panthers in kills this fall and racked up 136 combined during two recent tournaments against strong competition at Portage Central and Novi.

DeWitt coach Christy Thelen said George has definitely held her own during the challenging weekend tournaments for the Panthers (18-4) and is performing like an all-state player.

“For a kid that doesn’t play club volleyball and just plays in the season and is a basketball kid, I couldn’t ask for anything more from her,” Thelen said. “She plays all the way around for us. She’s been carrying a load on the outside. Obviously, we have (Desiree Becker) in the middle who everybody knows about, so it’s nice to have Grace on the outside.”

George has been focused on trying to elevate her game this season to help make up for the production lost with the graduation of middle hitter and Miss Volleyball finalist Lexi Nordmann, who is now playing at Southern Methodist.

“Honestly I just knew I needed to step up to fill the shoes of a lot of our seniors from last year,” George said. “There wasn’t many of them, but there were a lot of big shoes to fill. I knew I had to become smarter as a volleyball player and also play for my teammates. I wanted to do the best I can to put out something that…