ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The basics of volleyball are pretty simple: bump, set, spike. The “set” part is pretty important and this week’s student achiever is setting the Patrick Henry volleyball team up for success, and not to mention, a deep run in the playoffs.

“We’ve always talked about going to states and this year we focused on the little things leading up to it because we knew we would get there but I think it’s really important to focus on the small stuff and that leads to the bigger picture,” Patrick Henry senior Grayce Edwards said.

Edwards has come a long way in her volleyball career at Patrick Henry. Last season, the Patriots made a run all the way to the state semifinals and being among the best of the best has boosted the setter’s confidence.

“Over the years, I feel like confidence is a hard thing. But I feel like that’s every girl,” Edwards said. “Last year, when we went to states, that really helped my confidence and I realized that believing in myself is such a huge part of like being a leader on the team and setting that example as well as like doing good in the sport. You have to believe in yourself.”

Her positive attitude translated to wins and achievements. This season, Edwards reached a milestone of 1,000 career assists.

“It means a lot. My freshman year, the senior setter also hit 1000 so I knew that was the goal I wanted to hit and I’m so excited that I got there,” Edwards said.

And Edwards knows her personal accomplishment is a product of team effort.

“I think it was so fun knowing that I got 1000 assists because my hitters are so good and they can put a ball down,” Edwards said. “So it’s like my team is so good if I got that.”