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Player Profile: Emma Hewlin

Erika Ackley, Managing Editor

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The Voice: How long have you been playing volleyball and how did you get started?

Emma Hewlin: I started playing volleyball in 7th grade at Hillbrook. It’s a really small school and only had basketball and volleyball teams so I wanted to try it out.

The Voice: What position do you play? What do you like best about it?

EH: I play middle blocker because I’m the tallest on the team and I love stuff blocking the other team.

The Voice: What’s the farthest you’ve traveled for a tournament (club or school)?

Hewlin: Our travel for club season is crazy. We go to LA, Reno, Las Vegas, Denver, and Minneapolis but the farthest we’ve ever traveled was to Florida and Indiana for Nationals.

The Voice: Are there any team rituals or traditions before each game or during the season?

EH: Before every match we do a singing and dancing ritual called “Sally Walker” to get pumped for the game. All six of the other seniors on Varsity have been on my club team since freshman year and this was even a tradition back then.

The Voice: Who is Pres’ biggest rival for volleyball currently?

EH: Mitty is definitely our biggest rival. After we lost to them in the NorCal finals last season, we are more determined than ever to beat them in conference this year.

The Voice: What are you looking forward to most this season?

EH: I’m really looking forward to having fun playing with all my best friends on the team as it will be our last time ever playing together after four  years of being on the same club team. I’m also excited about the potential of our team winning States this year and of course for senior night!”

The Voice: I understand you’re going to play in college. What was the recruitment process like?

Hewlin: The recruitment process was stressful but exciting! I started the process during the summer before my sophomore year. It consisted of a lot of camps, traveling to visit each school, and keeping up with hundreds of emails. The best parts were the official visits where I got a chance to sit in on classes and stay overnight with the team. I enjoyed building relationships with the coaches and teams and am so excited to be playing at Connecticut College next fall.

The Voice: If you didn’t play volleyball, what other sport(s) would you play?

EH: If I didn’t play volleyball I would still be playing basketball or lacrosse.

The Voice: How do you make sure that new players feel welcomed to the team?

Hewlin: Having transferred to Pres my junior year, I was instantly welcomed onto the Varsity team and it felt like I had been a part of the program since I was a freshman. We make it a priority to welcome the new members so we have a team sleepover at the beginning of each season to bond off the volleyball court.

The Voice: Did you watch the Olympics this year? What did you think of America’s beach volleyball performance?

EH: “I watched all of the Olympic beach volleyball and was really rooting for Kerri Walsh and April Ross to win the gold this year.”

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