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The 2022 Chrisman Lady Cardinals Volleyball team will have a familiar face with them when they hit the court. Former Junior High Volleyball Coach Emily Hollingsworth has become a Chrisman Cardinal.
Originally from Marshall, Hollingsworth grew up playing softball, basketball and volleyball. “I was also very active in 4-H and FFA. Besides volleyball, I also have a passion for Agriculture,” Emily told us. “After High School, I received my Associates Degree from Lake Land College in Agribusiness and Supply and I currently work in the Ag. Industry.”
In 2018, Hollingsworth came to Chrisman after a friend tagged her in a post regarding Chrisman needing a Junior High volleyball coach. Four years later, Hollingsworth led her players to two 8th Grade Regionals in a row. “I’m ready for a bigger challenge,” she said. “There is a lot of talent on this High School team.”
Five of the eight incoming freshman players Hollingsworth had on her team. “I’m so happy we gained Bailey Presslor, Whitnie Haton and Adaleyn Miller along the way. They are a very athletic group of girls,” Hollingsworth said. “When I look back to their sixth grade year and teaching them the fundamentals of the game and seeing what they are doing now at the high school level makes me proud to be their coach.”
Hollingsworth knows that building trust between herself and the players are keys to a strong foundation for the team to succeed. Her love for the sport will also bring additional energy to the court. “I grew up playing volleyball from seventh grade all through high school. I have a sister that is five years older than me that also played, so my love for the sport started young.”
Before the season began, the girls were already working hard to raise money to be able to purchase new varsity jerseys, balls and most importantly, a new net system.
“A new net system has been one of my biggest goals for our program since I came to Chrisman. And I’m so proud of the girls, parents, friends and Chrisman community for helping us over the years.
In the long run, I want to build a strong program here in Chrisman. To build a successful program, we have to work hard during the off season,” Emily said. “This season, I want it to be the best one yet for my Seniors.
They are a great and smart group of girls. They were also my first group of eighth graders my first year coaching.”
Be sure to catch the Chrisman Lady Cardinals take on Villa Grove, September 6th at 6:00 p.m at Chrisman High School.