Eagles setter excels
on volleyball court and in the classroom
By Greg Gulas
Hubbard High School volleyball player Emily Krinos is always helping her teammates.
It is the senior setter’s job, after all, and she did it so well in the Eagles’ marathon 3-2 victory over Austintown Fitch last week Krthat her performance earned state-wide notice.
Krinos finished with 61 assists in that match and is under consideration for the MaxPreps/JJHuddle Ohio Girls Volleyball Athlete of the Week award for the week of Sept. 4-11.
There are five other candidates for the award, whose winner will be announced Tuesday. A “Team of the Week” also will be selected.
“I am humbled by this nomination, but my teammates and coaches also share in this,” Krinos said. “I love volleyball and have learned quite a bit from our coaching staff the past four seasons. Our season has just begun and it’s been an exciting start in many ways.”
According to the MaxPreps.com and JJHuddle.com websites, each week during the regular and postseason there will be a fan-generated contest in order to determine weekly winners.
Each weekly winner will then receive awards (bracelets and certificates) with fans nominating top performances and selection based from those schools that report their statistics on MaxPreps.
Up to 10 finalists qualify each week with voting conducted in a special poll. Voting continues until noon on Mondays with winners, along with the following week’s nominees, announced the following day.
Krinos has 226 assists thus far this season and 1,450 for her career. She trails all-time leader Marquette Gasser (1,945) by just 495. Krinos also has amassed 44 digs, seven blocks and 24 points) this season.
“You can never relax during a volleyball match because no matter what the score, the game is never over,” fifth-year Hubbard head coach Jeremy Porter said. “Emily is one of our leaders that always keeps us focused.”
Krinos is the epitome of the term student-athlete. In addition to earning her fourth letter this year, she is one of 20 seniors who sport a perfect 4.0 grade-point average and remains a candidate for class valedictorian.
She also plays trumpet in the band — her class voted her as its musical show representative — and has been published three times in the America Library of Poetry.
“Emily is a hard-working, diligent student,” said Hubbard principal Brandie Yobe. “She’s also a hard-working athlete that is willing to do most anything for anyone. She’s always helping others.”
In addition to Porter’s guidance and teaching, she credits assistant Josh Howard, whom she played for on his traveling team, Trumbull Volleyball Club, as most instrumental in developing her volleyball career.
“He [Howard] has coached me since I was in eighth grade and being a setter himself, he helped change my hand form,” Krinos said. “I only realized afterwards how much better I now am with my sets. He’s helped me become a leader on the court, always encouraging me to be that leader over the years.
“I’ve learned to run plays with my team and he’s helped me become a more confident player.”’
Krinos hopes to play volleyball and study pre-veterinary medicine at Ohio University.
She is currently enrolled in three college-level classes at Hubbard — calculus and statistics, chemistry and English Composition I and II.
An avid writer, she wants to minor in English.
Hubbard athletic director Chuck Montgomery, the Eagles’ long-time volleyball coach, called Krinos a diamond-in-the-rough.
“Emily is a fantastic student-athlete who works very hard each and every day,” he said. “She has improved every year as a setter and is a leader of this year’s team.”
Joining Krinos as this week’s other candidates are Brooklyn Holthaus of Granville, Madi Eberst of Unioto, Rikki Magill of Huntington, Camryn Hall of Ashland Crestview and Madison Elliott of Danville.