CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Leading up to Senior Day this Saturday, GoHeels.com has profiled each Tar Heel senior. This final profile gives an inside look on outside hitter Emily McGee, a native of Naperville, Ill.
"Emily knows how to win," UNC head coach Joe Sagula said. "She always finds a way to surprise so many people because of her competitive spirit. She knows the game, can compete with the best, and when it comes time to competition, there is no one who can 'bring-it' with her relentless energy like Emily."
McGee leads the team with 268 kills this season, averaging 2.68/set for a .210 attack percentage. She has also recorded 309 digs with 25 aces along with 29 total blocks. She has started all 27 of Carolina's matches this season. Throughout her career at UNC, McGee has totaled 1,272 kills with 1,188 digs, averaging 3.20 kills/set over four years.
Q&A with Emily McGee:
GoHeels.com: When and how did you begin playing volleyball?
Emily McGee: I always played volleyball with my mom's side of the family as a kid during the holidays and then officially started playing when I was 12.
GH: What has been the most memorable match of your career at Carolina, and why?
EM: Helping Tia Gaffen defeat her old school Cal was pretty amazing, along with the back-to-back wins against ranked Miami and Florida State this year.
GH: What would you like to accomplish in this final month of your senior season?
EM: I'm really excited to see how far this team can go in the NCAA tournament this year and make some great memories with my teammates the last few weeks.
GH: Looking back on your career as a Tar Heel, what advice do you have for your younger teammates?
EM: I would advise younger teammates to enjoy every year, and not take the hard stuff like preseason, weights, and summer workouts for granted because they help so much. And do daily ice baths.
GH: Where do you see yourself next year, and how has UNC prepared you for that?
EM: I'm not really sure yet if I'm going to continue schooling, but the great education I've received at the business school here has really opened up a lot of doors for me, and I'm excited for the opportunities available.
GH: Name three things left on your "bucket list" of things to do before you graduate.
- Rush Franklin St. after a big basketball win
- Attend every sporting event
- Visit my teammates from high school at their schools
GH: What's one of your hidden talents?
EM: Although my teammates know this about me, I'm actually a really good singer and dancer.
GH: In one word, describe your four seasons at North Carolina.