By Jeremy McDonald
WILLAMINA, Ore.— Willamina’s Emma Shrabel won’t be far from home this Fall as the Bulldog Senior committed to play Volleyball at nearby Linfield College.
Shrabel will be bringing an unique set of skills for the Wildcats when she arrives on campus in a few months. She was for sure dominant, perhaps lethal when she gets her hands on the ball.
Her versatility, her passing, her attacking had helped the Bulldogs to a 14-11 overall record and 6-2 in the Coastal Range League in 2019. Even better, the Bulldogs won six of their seven sets played in the CRL playoffs and took the number-one seed out of league before falling in the opening round of the 3A Playoffs this past Fall.
Her leadership, her positivity and personality to and around her teammates had helped leaving her mark on the program as Shrabel begins the next chapter of her playing career.
“Emma can play any position, anywhere on the court, and be lethal with both her passing and her attacking. She loves the game, loves to compete, and embraces feedback to be an even better player,” said Head Coach Heather Hughes. “She was always helpful to her teammates, and I noticed that she was often chosen by her peers as a partner or team because of her positivity and wonderful personality.
“Willamina Volleyball is proud to share that Emma Shrabel has committed to Linfield Volleyball for the upcoming fall season! I know she will contribute her passion and drive to the game combined with her vibrant personality to bring a team together.”
Shrabel led Willamina with 49 kills as a Senior as she picked up 2019 CRL Player of the Year and first-Team All-League honors as she joins a Wildcats team that went 5-23 overall and were in five close five-set battles this past season.