Gardner Webb Adds Two to 2017 Class

  0 Wendy Mayer | April 13th, 2017 | College Recruiting

Gardner Webb expanded its class of incoming freshmen to six members with the signing of Elizabeth Griffith (Roland, Ark.) and Maria Emmick (Indianapolis, Ind.) on Wednesday.

Griffith, a 6-1 middle blocker/right side hitter, was a two-time all-state honoree, earning the accolades her sophomore and senior years at Pulaski Academy. Griffith led Pulaski to the conference title in 2016, accounting for 2.0 kills per set on a .363 hitting percentage to go with 0.60 blocks per set and 44 aces. The Roland, Arkansas, native was an all-conference honoree as a junior after posting 2.0 kills on a .322 hitting effort and adding 0.50 blocks and 14 aces. Griffith plays club volleyball for the Fatchmo Volley Club.

Emmick, a 6-0 right side hitter, was a two-time all-conference and two-time Indianapolis All-City honoree at Cardinal Ritter High School. The four-year starter led her team to the conference and sectional titles all four years and to the Indiana Class 2A Final Four as a sophomore. As a senior, Emmick managed 513 kills (5.1 per set), while hitting at a .500 clip and adding 1.3 digs and 0.7 blocks per set and 22 aces. As a junior, she put down 2.3 kills per set at a .301 efficiency, while chipping in 30 aces and 0.7 blocks per set. As a sophomore, Emmick managed 1.4 kills and 0.8 blocks per set and served up 70 aces. Emmick plays club volleyball for the Circle City Volleyball team.

The pair ups Gardner Webb’s 2017 class to six members as Griffith and Emmick join fall signees Joy Rhodes (Wake Forest, N.C.), Alex Roycraft (Boca Raton, Fla.), Abbey Sprinkle (Boiling Springs, S.C.), and Katie Stanton (Newnan, Ga.).



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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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