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Lamie signs with Johnson University

Family, friends and teammates joined Emily Lamie, seated center, when she signed with the volleyball program at Johnson University on Thursday, Dec. 7. (Erwin Record Staff Photo by Keeli Parkey)

From Staff Reports

Another standout Unicoi County High School athlete will compete at the collegiate level.

Emily Lamie, who was voted co-MVP by her teammates following the 2017 season, signed with the volleyball program at Johnson University in Knoxville during a ceremony held at UCHS on Thursday, Dec. 7.

Lamie said she learned about signing with Johnson University at the end of the 2017 UCHS volleyball season.

“My coach, LeAnn Lane, began discussing options with me,” Lamie told The Erwin Record. “I considered East Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee, both from an academic standpoint. I was very impressed with Johnson’s academic program, the Christian perspective, and the beautiful campus. I also feel that the size of the school will be very beneficial for me. I was also very impressed with the volleyball program and felt that this was the perfect fit for me.” 

During the 2017 season, Lamie had 110 kills, 181 digs, 24 aces and 16 assists. She led the team in kills with 11 and in digs with 14 against Sullivan Central. Lamie excels in the classroom and is involved with Beta Club, yearbook, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Student Council. She is also involved with Young Life in her church youth group. Lamie plans to pursue Human Services while attending Johnson.

Lane said Lamie will take her work ethic and determination to the Johnson volleyball program.

“During the past two years of my coaching career at Unicoi, I can say that Emily is one of the hardest workers I’ve had,” Lane said. “As a junior, she didn’t get much varsity playing time, mostly because I had five seniors and the position she played was already taken by two of those seniors . . . but she came into her senior year with a passion and determination that spread throughout the team. Emily is a coach’s dream. She does anything that is asked of her and even takes initiative, which is why she was such a great leader for us this year and why her teammates chose her as co-MVP.” 

Lamie said she is looking forward to joining, and contributing to, the Johnson University volleyball program.

“It feels both exciting and a little anxious,” she said. “I am thrilled about being part of the team and program and cannot wait to get started. Most importantly, I bring dedication to the team. When I commit to something I give 100 percent of myself. I have played volleyball for seven years and over those years I feel I have developed a skill set that has prepared me for the collegiate level.

“I would like to thank my high school coach, LeAnn Lane. She not only pushed me to be the player I am today, but she has encouraged me to continue in the collegiate level.”

Joining Lamie during the ceremony were her parents, Mike and Robin Lamie, other members of her family, friends and Lady Devil teammates.