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Having wrapped up her sophomore season of volleyball at Jamestown, Emma Schriner is already looking toward the future and where she plans to spend her college years.
Earlier this month, Schriner gave a verbal commitment to play for the University of Tennessee, a Division I college that plays in the Southeastern Conference.
Schriner was also seriously considering Division I programs such as West Virginia University and the University of Pittsburgh.
After visiting West Virginia at the beginning of the season and Pittsburgh in February, Schriner took an unofficial visit to Tennessee on March 4 before making her decision, which she does not expect to change between now and her senior season.
Her first time visiting Tennessee, Schriner’s unofficial visit went a long way in changing some perceptions she previously held about the school.
For starters, Schriner did not expect Tennessee to have such a large and populous campus. With Schriner wanting to attend a bigger school, this came as a pleasant surprise.
“The campus was beautiful, and it was about the right size,” she said, also praising newer athletic buildings which were recently completed. “They just built a new facility they practice in, and I saw the coliseum they play their games in. I just liked everything about Tennessee.”
Schriner’s fondness for Tennessee was plain to see during her visit, with her parents commenting after the trip her attitude seemed more upbeat and positive than when she visited other schools like West Virginia and Pittsburgh.
In addition to admiring the campus, Schriner also approved of her role with the volleyball team. Schriner met with players and coaches during her visit, and learned she would be likely playing outside hitter for the Volunteers. Schriner has always played middle hitter, but said she thinks she will enjoy playing outside hitter more than in the middle.
After touring the campus and hearing everything she needed to hear, Schriner called up the Tennessee coaching staff 24 hours later to inform them of her commitment to the school.
Schriner, who said she has stopped communicating with other colleges, said she is relieved to have her college commitment out of the way so she no longer has to deal with the stress of trying to impress various colleges.