Piketon’s Legg signs with Rio Grande

JACKSON, Ohio – University of Rio Grande head volleyball coach Billina Donaldson has announced the recent signing of Piketon High School senior Emily Legg for the 2016 season.

Legg, a 5-foot-11 middle blocker/outside hitter, has been sidelined of late by injury for head coach Allison Robbins’s RedStreaks, who take a 11-9 record into play on Tuesday night.

“I’m beyond excited to have the opportunity to sign with Rio Grande,” said Legg, whose brother, Evan, completed a four-year career with the Rio men’s basketball team last season. “I’m looking forward to my future at Rio and I know my best volleyball is ahead of me.

This season, Legg totaled 86 kills, 51 digs, 21 blocks (20 solos) and 12 service aces. As a junior, she had 64 kills, 35 digs, 31 blocks and eight aces.

Off the court, Legg is a High Honors student who ranks third in her graduating class. She’s also a member of the National Honor Society.

“Coach Donaldson really believes in me and has confidence that I will fit well into the team,” Legg said. “Knowing that my former teammate – and now teammate again – Aleah Pelphrey, has had so much success at Rio influenced my decision. The village of Rio Grande is similar to Piketon – a very small, tight-knit community which has a family atmosphere that I feel most comfortable in.”

Donaldson said that Legg should provide immediate depth, not to mention competition, along the net.

“Emily will make a fine addition to our front row,” Donaldson said. “We’re looking forward to having another tall girl who can challenge our hitters for playing time. She does a lot of things well and we can’t wait to see how she develops in the coming years.”

Legg, who plans to major in Middle Childhood Education (English and History), was familiar with Rio Grande even before her brother chose to play for the RedStorm, attending a number of basketball camps as a youngster.

Legg said she knows she needs to become a better hitter, but added that it’s a process that she’s ready to get started on.

“My best assets as a player are my ability to block, my hitting, my court knowledge and leadership,” she said. “I need to be more versatile and have more ‘power’ behind my hit – to take a better approach.”

And what does Legg hope her freshman campaign produces?

“Personally, I want to contribute to my team’s success and earn quality minutes,” she said. “Overall, I want to make the national tournament and win.”

Legg is the daughter of Scott and Tracy Legg of Piketon.