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Originally published: 2012-12-15 18:00:48
Last modified: 2012-12-15 18:00:48

Hinshaw commits to Emory & Henry

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

A lot of attention gets placed on outside hitters and middle blockers in volleyball.

It makes sense since they are the players who score the points. They’re the tallest players on the court and they often handle the volleyball.

Those who play on the back line may not get the attention from the fans and the press, but they catch coaches attention. Watauga’s Emily Hinshaw qualifies in that regard.

Hinshaw caught the attention of the Emory & Henry coaching staff during the course of two seasons. The senior repaid that by verbally committing to the college to play volleyball.

Hinshaw was sold on the visual beauty of the Emory & Henry campus, and on volleyball coach Dan Clotfelter. Once Hinshaw signs a letter of intent to play for the Wasps, she’ll be the third Pioneer on the roster.

Nicole Tesh and Hannah Stewart are the others.

“It’s just beautiful,” Hinshaw said of the campus. “It’s small enough so that it’s really comfortable for me. All the facilities are nice and it’s just beautiful.”

Emory & Henry is a Division III school located in Abington, Va. The Wasps went 17-11 overall, 6-5 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

Hinshaw anticipates signing a letter to the school after Christmas break.

“I’m very excited and I’m very relieved,” Hinshaw said. “I’ve been talking to (Clotfelter) since last year. They’ve been one of my top choices since then.”

Hinshaw, who plans to major in exercise science, also received advice from Tesh and Stewart, which helped bring her to Emory & Henry. Tesh was named third-team All-ODAC after posting 279 kills per set and a .239 hitting percentage.

Tesh also had 30 service aces, and led the Wasps with 62 blocks.

“Their opinion of the coach and the school itself helped a lot,” Hinshaw said.

Hinshaw helped Watauga’s volleyball team to a 17-12 overall record, 10-2 in the Northwestern Conference, and a berth into the state 4-A playoffs.

Watauga reached the third round before falling to Hough.

Hinshaw is playing with the I.C. Stars, an AAU volleyball team based  out of Statesville.