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Jamestown's Schriner follows in mother's footsteps...eventually

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Emma Schriner did not know if she wanted to continue the legacy despite a family tradition of volleyball.

Her mother played the sport for the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Her older sister played in high school. Up until middle school, though, Schriner held back.

Finally, in her seventh-grade year, Schriner’s parents signed her up for a volleyball clinic.

“They kind of forced it on me,” said Schriner, the Daily Press Girls Volleyball Player of the Year. “They wanted me to try it out, but I didn’t want to be like my sister Sarah. Growing up, she’d always say, ‘You’re copying me!’ ”

She left the clinic with a whole new outlook for the sport.

“I just fell in love with it,” Schriner said. “I told her afterward: Can I be on a club team? Can we try this out?”

Consider the tryout a success. Schriner earned the VHSL Class 4 Player of the Year award for her senior season with Jamestown and also was named an Under Armour first-team All-American.

Schriner will leave Jan. 5 to get an early start on her college volleyball career at the University of Tennessee. She finished her high school coursework this month.

Already a highly touted recruit in her sophomore year in high school, Schriner was weighing her options and creating lists of pros and cons. Then she took her unofficial visit to Tennessee.

“When it came to Tennessee, I was like, ‘I don’t want to look anywhere else,’ ” Schriner said. “I don’t want to think about any other schools. And I committed the next day.”

So her Christmas break will be spent packing up and readying for college.

Yes, she will be a few months ahead of her high school classmates. But when presented with the choice between spending one more semester in high school taking electives or starting her college classes and bonding with her new team, her decision was clear.

“I’m a little nervous, just because it’s a new thing, but I’m mostly excited,” Schriner said. “The closer it comes, the more real it is, but I think I’m ready.”

She will bring her memories from a stellar career at Jamestown. In four years with the Eagles, the team made the state finals twice and the state semifinals the other two years.

In her senior season, the team finished 18-0 in the Bay Rivers District and 24-4 overall. The season ended in a state semifinal loss to BRD rival Grafton.

However, the Eagles had graduated five starters from the 2016 powerhouse state runner-up squad, so Schriner takes pride in leading the transformed roster as far as the state semifinal round.

“A lot of girls stepped up and filled the big shoes from last year’s team,” Schriner said. “And it was really awesome to see people come together and have a good team dynamic and make it farther than anyone thought we could.”

Yanchulis can be reached by phone at 757-298-5176. Follow her on Twitter @KYanchulis.

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