May 31, 2017
By Robby Hamman
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — After announcing the addition of three signees in the fall, the Notre Dame volleyball team has added a fourth member to the incoming class of 2017 in Emma Cottrill. The 6-foot-2 Cottrill joins libero Madison Cruzado, setter Monroe Olsen and outside hitter Hannah Thompson as the newest additions to the Irish family.
The addition of Cottrill solidifies the 2017 incoming class and moves the Irish to No. 28 in the PrepVolleyball.com Top 30 Recruiting Class Rankings. The publication states, “The evolution of Notre Dame is well under way and this class is further evidence of great things to come in South Bend.”
Emma Cottrill | Middle Blocker | 6-2 | Wexford, Pennsylvania | Pine Richland HS
High School and Personal Highlights:
- 2016-17 Pennsylvania All-State First Team selection
- Member of 2015 USA Volleyball High Performance Team
- Three-time All-Section selection
- Two-time WPIAL Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic League All-Star Team in 2016 and 2017
- Hit .429 during her senior season while averaging 4.5 kills per set and 2.3 blocks per set
- Served as the team captain during her senior season
- Played on the Renaissance Volleyball Club team, which ranked No. 1 in the Keystone region and No. 42 nationally in 2016
- Earned the Department Academic Achievement Award in English and biology
- Daughter of Matt and Connie Cottrill and has a brother, Charlie, and a sister, Hannah
Cottrill was also heavily involved in the community over the course of her prep career. The incoming freshman was involved in an organization called Peer Buddies, where she mentored and helped special needs students. Cottrill also served as a counselor with Miracle League of Southwest Pennsylvania and YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kweee/Spencer Camp Superstars. Cottrill also helped with youth volleyball camps.
Head Coach Jim McLaughlin on Emma Cottrill:
“I think Emma has a good arm and she has good lateral speed but what separates her more than anything is she is very mature and she has a good focus. I believe she can learn the things that we want to teach her at Notre Dame in all areas. I think she will improve to the point where she can make a solid contribution to this program.”
Cottrill on why she chose Notre Dame:
“I chose The University of Notre Dame because it offered everything I had hoped for as a collegiate athlete. To attend a university with top academics, highly competitive volleyball, a deeply spiritual environment, and unparalleled reputation is so exciting. I am honored to have been selected to attend Notre Dame.”
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Robby Hamman joined Fighting Irish Media as athletics communications assistant director in September 2016, coordinating efforts for the volleyball and men’s lacrosse program. Hamman is a 2010 graduate of Bethel College, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in sport management and business administration, and earned his master’s degree in business administration from Defiance College in 2013.