Women's Beach Volleyball

Volleyball player Emily Reinking signs with Grand Canyon

Volleyball player Emily Reinking signs with Grand Canyon

Irvine Valley women's standout sophomore volleyball player Emily Reinking recently signed with Division 1 Grand Canyon University.

She will be playing beach volleyball for the Antelopes.

Reinking helped make the beach volleyball program at Irvine Valley one of the best around.

She helped Irvine Valley win consecutive Orange Empire Conference titles, the inaugural California Community College Athletic Association sand volleyball title in 2015 and earn a second-place finish in the sport this year.

Reinking also teamed with star Annie Mitchem to win a pairs state title in 2015 and then did it again in 2016 against even tougher odds.

With all of the top pairs teams from the state in one bracket in 2016, Reinking and teammate Hailee Earnest, who were seeded third, won five matches over two days at Grossmont College to take the title.

The duo defeated the second-seeded Cabrillo team of Morgan Ehritt and Erin Mitchell, 21-12, 21-16, in the semifinals.

The IVC pair defeated MiraCosta's team of Brianna Sizemore and Cady Francis, 21-15, 21-18, for the title.

Reinking and Earnest proved to be the dominant team over the state championship weekend going 8-0 without dropping a set in individual and team play.

Reinking and Earnest also won the conference pairs title and were named the players of the year in the conference.

During the indoor season last fall for Irvine Valley, Reinking finished fourth in the Orange Empire Conference in digs per set at 4.41 as the team's libero. She averaged 4.18 digs per set overall.

Reinking had 18 matches with double figure digs, including four matches with 20 digs or more. She had a season-high 25 digs in Irvine Valley's four-set win over Cypress at home.

Reinking was named a first team all-conference player.

She helped Irvine Valley to a record of 16-6 overall and back-to-back Orange Empire Conference titles. The two years she was a part of the indoor program at IVC, the team had a record of 43-6.

She was a key part of the 2014 team that went 27-0 and won the program's first ever state title.

Reinking is also a two-year scholar athlete at Irvine Valley.

Most recently, Reinking was named to the California Community College Women's Volleyball Coaches Assocation Scholar Athlete Team for the fall season of 2015.

To be named, players had to complete at least one season of competition with a minimum of 24 units accumulated from the beginning of the first season of competition along with a minimum of a 3.5 grade point average in those accumulated units.

She is headed to a Grand Canyon team that had a solid 2015 season, finishing with a 18-8 record overall.

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