My name is Emily Cole. I am 16 years old and will be a junior during the 2019-2020 school year at Mt. Zion High School. I am a six rotation outside hitter and would love to play volleyball in college. I just finished my club season playing a grade level up on our Illini Elite 17U team coached by Michelle Erins. The highlights of our season included placing first in the 17 open division at the JVA Mizuno Showcase and the AAU Super Regional. I believe playing up a grade level these past three years and playing against players that are a year older than me not only challenges me but prepares me for what lies ahead in college. When I'm not playing volleyball, I am training to become a stronger player. My passion is volleyball but my grades are also very important to me. I currently have a 4.12 GPA. I want to excel in both volleyball and academics and I am confident I will succeed in both.