High School Sports

This Texas university is getting one of Mississippi’s top volleyball standouts

Sun Herald All-South Mississippi Volleyball team member Emma Funk of Our Lady Academy.
Sun Herald All-South Mississippi Volleyball team member Emma Funk of Our Lady Academy. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

For a while now, long-time Our Lady Academy volleyball coach Mike Meyers has been singing Emma Funk’s praises. Colleges took notice and now the six-time MHSAA Class I state champion is taking her talents to Texas.

The lead Crescent recently signed to continue her career at Trinity University, which is a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

“I can’t wait to start playing volleyball for Trinity next year,” Funk said in an OLA release. “I am very excited, but I know I am going to miss OLA and all of the memories I have made here.”

Funk is the Sun Herald’s reigning three-time player of the year; a rare accomplishment in any sport on the Coast. She’s also a three-time MaxPreps.com All-American and was previously named the 2016/17 Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year.

This season, Funk collected 630 kills, 113 blocks, 311 digs and 65 aces.

“We at OLA are very proud of Emma and wish her the very best in her college career,” Meyers said. “She is an outstanding athlete and volleyball player, but, maybe more importantly, an outstanding young lady. Trinity is very fortunate to get her.”

Trinity is coming off of a 27-8 season where the Tigers advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Trinity graduates three seniors, including two outside hitters and a middle blocker.

“Emma Funk is a highly talented student-athlete and we’re very excited that she will be enrolling at Trinity University,” Trinity coach Julie Jenkins said in the release. “Emma brings a wealth of success from winning six state championships at Our Lady Academy.

“She’s athletic, explosive, and has enormous potential.”

Thanks to her ACT score, Funk receives an initial four-year academic scholarship for $100,000.00 from TU.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs