Glenwood Springs duo signs on to play college volleyball
Glenwood Springs seniors Ashley Emery and Baylee Johnson will have new homes next fall.
Emery and Johnson, two of the Demons’ top volleyball players under head coach Kehau Rust the past two seasons, are headed to the collegiate level to play volleyball. Emery signed with Northern Vermont University-Johnson to play volleyball for the Badgers, a Division III program in Johnson, Vermont.
During her senior year for the Demons, Emery compiled a .225 hitting average, adding 163 kills on 426 attempts.
In 79 sets for the Demons, the senior middle hitter recorded 52 blocks, 45 aces and 87 digs, while connecting on 87.9 percent of her serves and earned an ace on 14.5 percent of her serves under Rust.
Johnson heads to Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, where she’ll play under the direction of head coach Kevin Aoki.
In her final season at Glenwood, Johnson battled injuries but finished with a .105 hitting average, recording 113 kills on 334 attempts. The senior outside hitter added 135 digs, recorded a 91.5 percent serve connection rate, 21 aces and 13 blocks.
The Glenwood duo completed the paperwork to play collegiate volleyball Monday inside Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium at Glenwood Springs High School in front of family, friends and coaches.
Glenwood finished 11-12 overall, and 6-6 in the 4A Western Slope League, and reached the regional playoffs for the second straight year under Rust.
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