It’s a proud moment for any volleyball coach when one of their players reaches the next level of their career. In the case of Scottsdale Christian Academy head coach Kim Ohlinger, she has plenty of reasons to boast with pride as a trio of her players are committed to play volleyball at the next level in college.
Leading the pack is Emma Whitehead, a 5’2″ junior libero/defensive specialist who is committed to Wisconsin. A current junior, Whitehead is a part of the Class of 2019 and was All-Region Second Team this last year after being second in the region with 233 digs.
Joining Whitehead as a commit is Class of 2018 outside hitter Lexi Schamadan, who will be attending Central Washington next fall. Standing at 5’9″, Schamadan was All-Region First Team after winning Offensive Player of the Year. In total, she logged 451 kills while hitting .315 to go with 81 aces.
Rounding out the group of three is Lauren Ohlinger, a Class of 2019 outside hitter committed to Boise State. The name should sound familiar too, as Lauren is the daughter of Kim. Ohlinger has great size at 6’3″ and was also on the All-Region First Team and was the yin to Schamadan’s yang as she won the Defensive Player of the Year. She was pretty good on offense too with 420 kills while hitting .329.
Schamadan will depart following this year while the other two leave after senior seasons in 2018-19, but all three have strong futures ahead as Ohlinger should be more than proud of her players futures. That pride led to results too, as Scottsdale Christian Academy claimed its first 2A State Championship since 2006 this year. They’ll go for another next year as Ohlinger and Whitehead should star.