Volleyball surprise! Hughes gets key addition to the class of 2018

Sometime in the 16th-century, the French writer, physician, monk and scholar François Rabelais wrote, "Tout vient à point à qui peult attendre" which more or less translates into English as "Good things come to those who wait." Of course, it’s also said that, "Good things come to those who hustle." One, or perhaps both were the case for Maryland volleyball and new head coach Adam Hughes just days ago when 2017 Under Armour All-American Emma Schriner, a 6’3" outside hitter from Williamsburg, VA made a subtle change to her Twitter profile indicating that she was the newest Terp.

Shriner had originally committed to the University of Tennessee and was an early enrollee in Knoxville. However, when Tennessee replaced head coach Rob Patrick with Eve Rackham in January Schriner requested and was granted her release.

In addition to being one of only 24 players selected to the Under Armour first team and the only player from Virginia, Schriner was also the 60th ranked high school player by

As a senior for the Jamestown High Eagles, she moved from middle blocker to outside hitter and the impact was immediate. While she finished with 50 blocks - about half the total she’d had as a junior she had 484 kills jumping from 3.5 per set to 5.5 while hitting .407.

Looking at her statistics, it appears that she also became a six rotation player. She finished her senior season with 49 service aces coming from a serve that she switches between a deceptive jump float and a hard-drive jump topspin. She also finished with 158 digs – nearly 70 more than her first three years combined.

Schriner helped lead Jamestown to four consecutive appearances in the Virginia High School League state tournament including reaching the semifinal in 2017. She was also named the 2017 Class 4 Player of the Year as a senior.

Following the transfers of outside hitters Gia Milana, Angel Gaskin and Sam Drechsel, Shriner slots into a position of need for Maryland. With her 6-foot-3 frame and reported 10-foot-3 jump touch, Schriner doesn’t merely add some needed depth but she could compete for immediate playing time.

Hughes’ 2018 class has come a long way from the November 2017 press release announcing middle blocker Rainelle Jones as the only member of the class of 2018. Since taking the reins in January, Hughes has added 6’ 1" setter Nicole Alford as a transfer from Georgia Tech, 5’10" defensive specialist Allegra Rivas coming to Maryland from Aledo High School in Texas where she averaged a whopping 7.6 digs per set while amassing more than 1,100 digs in her senior season and now Schriner who, with Jones, gives Hughes two of’s top 60 players.

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