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Elkader family of U.S. Volleyball player soaking up 2016 Olympics

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ELKADER (KWWL) -

Erika and John Moyna knew their granddaughter Kelsey Robinson was destined for great things.

"She was very determined," John said.

"She always had a ball in her hand," Erika added.

Now these beaming grandparents get to watch as their granddaughter plays in the 2016 Olympics in Rio as part of the U.S. Women's Indoor Volleyball team.

Robinson is a native Bartlett, Ill., but has family in Elkader and Central City Iowa.

Her Elkader family blocked out the early afternoon on Friday to watch Kelsey and team USA take on Italy.

"It's so exciting to see her," Erika said.

"Loving every minute of it," John said.  "She's fun to watch."

Her family, while intensely proud of Kelsey, aren't altogether surprised she's made it to this pinnacle of sport.

"We used to play board games, and sports, and hang out and play games together, and Kelsey was always the most competitive one. She hated to lose," said her cousin Ashley Moyna.

And while they may have watched these games without Kelsey on the team, her presence there gives them a reason to watch much more closely.

"I watched the game on Sunday, and you kind of try to pick her out everywhere--there's Kelsey, there's Kelsey! And you cheer really loud no matter who's playing, but yeah, it's really cool," said Carissa Moyna, her cousin.

Kelsey's ascension to the Olympic team made even better by the fact she wasn't originally aiming to make these games.

"She used to tell me, stay healthy grandma until 2020. That's going to be my big year," said Erika.

If Erika and the rest of her family have their way, Kelsey will be taking the worldwide stage once again in four years.

For now, though, the U.S. will try to stay perfect when they take on China Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

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